Celebrities are just like us: They release no. 1 albums; they answer fans questions on Tumblr; they appear on the cover of prestigious magazines like Vogue and instead of being interviewed by an A-list journalist, they write poems. Oh, is that not your mundane existence? How unfortunate, because that’s Taylor Swift’s life (the new one, not the old one, who is dead.)
Edward Enninful, Vogue UK’s still fresh Editor-in-Chief, spoke to his own website about getting Swift to pen a poem for his magazine: “Obviously she is a world-class lyricist—and has written a stunning poem just for Vogue on the timely subject of reinvention and moving on—but she also takes her duties as a role model very seriously.”
Now, this isn’t the first time that a top tier musician snubbed the mag. Beyoncé didn’t speak to Vogue in 2015 for their coveted September issue. Margo Jefferson, a veteran cultural commentator, provided a short essay about the singer in its place.
Rihanna pulled a similar move with the Fader that same year—critic Mary H.K. Choiwrote an essay about the singer, who didn’t grant an interview for the publication. Oddly enough, the international pop star spoke with The Cut about her Fenty line earlier this fall, so it’s not like she forgot how to answer journalists’ questions.
Enninful is right to say Swift has a way with words, so perhaps this poem will be inspired. But wouldn’t it be nice if the singer answered...any questions?