She found huge success with the release of her sixth smash album Reputation – which sold a whopping 2 million copies worldwide in its first week.
So it is no wonder Taylor Swift was chosen to grace the cover of British Vogue’s January 2018 issue, as one of the leading ladies in the music industry.
The singer, 27, smouldered in an array of show-stopping dresses – including an embellished semi-sheer mini and a striking red Saint Laurent gown by Anthony Vaccarello – as she posed for her first shoot since her album’s release.
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This is my moment: Taylor Swift was chosen to grace the cover of British Vogue’s January 2018 issue – commanding attention in a bold backless Saint Laurent gown by Anthony Vaccarello
The crooner commanded attention on the cover in the bold red gown, which is embellished with silver studs and features a daring plunging back, to leave plenty of skin on show.
Maintaining the grungy feel from head to toe, the blonde slicked her famous curls away from her face and sported a dramatic smoky eye and dark rouge lip – to make a stronger style statement as she fiercely posed.
Slipping into a number of show-stopping looks for the shoot, Taylor later offset her sultry beauty look in a dazzling embellished mini dress, complete with semi-sheer bodice and sleeves to tease at her figure beneath.
Striking: Slipping into a number of show-stopping looks, Taylor later offset her sultry beauty look in a dazzling embellished mini, complete with semi-sheer bodice and sleeves
The shoot is part of a 12-page spread for the January issue, and a bold second choice for new British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.
Discussing his choice, Enninful revealed he had chosen the grungy theme to reflect Taylor’s transformation in the music industry – from country crooner, to one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
He said: ‘For me, the chance to help transform America’s most fascinating sweetheart was a joy.
New beginnings: Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful revealed he had chosen the grungy theme to ‘transform America’s most fascinating sweetheart’
‘As we took the pop icon on an epic fashion journey with photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, what struck me most about Taylor was her brilliant sense of humour, but also how, for a woman in her twenties, she has an incredible sense of who she is.’
Adding: ‘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.
‘Taylor is acutely aware of her following and how she communicates with young women, and will never portray a character that would send the wrong message. That said, even superstars aren’t immune to the power of a great dress.’
Inspiring: He said: ‘Taylor is acutely aware of her following and how she communicates with young women, and will never portray a character that would send the wrong message’ (pictured in December 2017)
Discussing her transformation for the shoot, Enninful said: ‘Taylor says she has never seen herself transformed like this before, and I was very touched to see how emotional she was at the end of our shoot day in London.’
Following the announcement, Taylor wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you @edward_enninful and @mertalas for your passion, spirit, and contagious laughter on set’
‘Mert (Alus) and Marcus (Piggott) took these photos for @britishvogue and my album photos for reputation, and it’s been such a bonding experience working together so closely and talking so much about what we wanted to make.
‘It’s been a while since I’ve done a magazine cover. I’m really happy my first one back was with such wonderful people.’
Bold new direction: Enninful was appointed the new editor after Alexandra Shulman stepped down following 25 years at the helm (pictured with John Galliano right)
Enninful, formerly the fashion director of i-D was appointed the new editor following the announcement that Alexandra Shulman was stepping down after 25 years at the helm.
In November, Enninful released the first issue of Vogue under his premiership featuring a stunning cover starring Adwoa Aboah.
Now led by its first gay, first black and first male editor, Enninful’s appointment marked a new direction for the magazine.
Intentionally sparking a conversation about diversity within the industry, Enninful has been keen to highlight and include BME people working in fashion.
Divided: Meanwhile, his decision to star Taylor on his second front cover sparked intense debate online
Meanwhile, his decision to star Taylor on his second front cover sparked intense debate online.
One said Taylor looked: ‘Absolutely amazing and confident and unbothered on the front cover on the cover of Vogue [sic].’
While Olivia Dealtry said: ‘Just when I was about to renew my subscription to British Vogue, they go and put Taylor Swift on the cover.’
See the full shoot in the January issue of British Vogue, on sale Friday.
Grateful: Following the announcement, Taylor wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you @edward_enninful and @mertalas for your passion, spirit, and contagious laughter on set’ (pictured in February 2017)