Champagne Jacquard strapless sho by pengxuebo


Jacquard strapless
short dress with
beaded bodice,
$440, by Jovani. Gold
rhinestone hoops,
$8.50, by Claire’s. 14K
gold pendant initial
necklaces, price upon
request, by Alex Woo.
Bracelets and ring,
Taylor’s own.

                     BY ANTONIA VAN DER MEER

   is a girl on the go. She arrives at our Nashville cover shoot on a Tuesday
   morning, looking fresh and rested despite the fact that she played a
   concert with Def Leppard for CMT Crossroads the night before. It’s a
   hard-rock life…but she’s as peppy and full of excitement about the cover
   she is shooting for Your Prom as she is about her newly released second
   album, Fearless, which shot to #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 less than two
   weeks after its debut. Never mind that she has already graced the cov-
   ers of Us Weekly, Blender and Seventeen, or that she has scored big musi-
   cally with songs like “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops on My Guitar” and
   “Our Song.” Taylor appears, above all, thankful for all the good things
   that have been coming her way of late, including the fact that eight of
   her new tracks, including the hit “Love Story,” are topping iTunes.
      Wearing skinny jeans and a long black-and-blue-striped shirt with a
   cowl neck, she clearly can’t wait to trade in her casual duds for some gor-
   geously dressy dresses. “I’m addicted to proms!” she confesses. She has
   been to the big dance three times: once as a freshman (she was one of
   those lucky girls dating a senior) and once as a sophomore with a guy
   friend. She also attended a prom her senior year, thanks to an MTV
   “Once Upon a Prom” contest that paired her with a boy from Alabama.


                                                                                 YOURPROM.COM SPRING ’09   191
 TAY LOR SW I F T                                                                            “BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY.

                                              Even in what might have been a stress-         What with writing, recording
             FAV O R I T E                    ful situation—not knowing the student       and promoting albums, Taylor obvi-
           COMFORT FOOD                       or his classmates—Taylor found plenty       ously knows what it’s like to be under
         Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal         to smile about. “It was so much fun. He     pressure. But as she sits in a chair,
            CELEB DREAM                       was such a gentleman, and everyone          having her hair done, checking her
                DA T E                        there was so welcoming.”                    iPhone for IMs, listening to “Hot N
                 Chace Crawford                  Like any self-proclaimed prom            Cold” by Katy Perry and munching on
               SECRET                         addict, Taylor has a lot of thoughts on     flatbread pizza, she looks relaxed and
             INDULGENCE                       the subject, including how to prep.         happy. When she hears that we are
          Turning off all the lights in the   “For my first prom, I wore a full-length,    both the same sign (Sagittarius), she
           house, lighting candles, and       strapless Caché dress. I thought it         immediately goes online to check our
              listening to sad songs
            while conducting random           was such a big deal to have the per-        horoscope. It’s a good one, predicting
               baking experiments             fect dress. I started shopping for it in    “positive events in the financial field”
                                              January! I had my hair and makeup           as well as “love, stability and eternal
               PET PEEVE
            People who believe their          done. I put so much thought and time        happiness.” This girl is definitely liv-
                   own hype                   into getting ready; it just couldn’t mea-   ing on the sunny side of life, and she
                                              sure up to my expectations.” By the         knows it. Referring to her incredible
                BE AU T Y
               ESSENTIAL                      time her second prom rolled around,         success as a musical artist at such a
                      Eyeliner                Taylor took a much more relaxed             young age, she says, “Every day is a
                                              approach. “I did my own hair and            bonus day for me, because I never
               FIRST KISS
             “I was 15 and the oldest         makeup and bought a short dress for         thought all of this would happen.”
         out of all my friends to have not    $40 from a vintage shop.” Ultimately,          It’s time to get back to business:
                    kissed a guy.”            this prom was more fun for her than         choosing some great dresses for the
                                              the first. “There was no pressure.”          cover shoot. The first one she puts on

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Taylor loves the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              fun way this
                                                                                                                                                                                                              iridescent blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                              gown by Phoebe
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Couture ($390)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              moves and the look
                                                                                                                                                                                                              of these striped
                                                                                                                                                                                                              knee socks, by
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Foot Traffic ($5)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and suede peep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              toe booties by
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marciano ($270).
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hoop earrings,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              $50, by Carolee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Diamond initial
                                                                                                                                                                                                              pendant necklace,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              price upon request,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Alex Woo. Cuff,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              $89, by Stella & Dot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              For more info, see
                                                                                                                                                                                                              page 210.


                                                                                           is a short, strapless champagne-colored    dance!” In fact, Taylor is all about hav-   “I love singing and songwriting. For
                                                                                           Jovani dress shot through with gold        ing fun and avoiding the drama. “Be a       me, writing songs is where I feel
                                                                                           sequins. If you’re wearing strapless,      social butterfly. Don’t just hang with      at home. Others feel that way on the

                                                                                           she warns, make sure you’re com-           your boyfriend. Save the slow dances        soccer field.” Since then, she has
                                                                                           fortable. “We’ve all seen the typical      for him, but dance with everyone. And       opened for Tim McGraw and Faith
                                                                                           prom move—constantly pulling               don’t let petty prom drama ruin the         Hill’s Soul2Soul Tour, released two
                                                                                           up the dress.” Although we present her     evening,” she says.                         albums (her first has already gone tri-
                                                                                           with racks of dresses, it doesn’t take        It’s clear from talking to Taylor that   ple-platinum) and was nominated for
                                                                                           her long to narrow down her choices.       she is a keen observer of the scenes        a Grammy Award for Best New Artist
                                                                                           She knows her own style but is ada-        around her. “I’m a people-watcher,”         in 2008. (She lost to Amy Winehouse.)
                                                                                           mant that every girl has a right to her    she admits, and it is evident in her           The nicest part of her star status,
                                                                                           own look. She thinks kids should check     songs. “I like to write about boys and      she says, is simply “being heard.” She
                                                                                           their fashion police badges at the prom    relationships. I write songs about the      delights in the fact that the things she
                                                                                           door. “Try not to talk about the girl in   things that happen to me, because it        sings about can influence people. But
                                                                                           the lime green dress,” she says. “Don’t    helps me figure them out.” One of the        despite all her success, she bristles
                                                                                           be catty. There are a huge amount of       songs she is proudest of on her new         when I refer to her as “gifted,” because
                                                                                           fashion opinions, and everybody’s just     album is “Fifteen,” a song about her        it sounds like something has been
                                                                                           there to have a good time.”                freshman year, when she had her first        given to her for free. “I’ve been raised
                                                                                              Next, she turns her attention to the    boyfriend and met her best friend.          not to feel entitled,” she counters. “You
                                                                                           sky-high shoes we set out for her. She     “Writing songs is like breathing for        have to put in the effort.” And that’s
                                                                                           loves them all, but when it comes to       me.” She started writing poetry when        exactly what she does as she turns on
                                                                                           prom, she cautions, “You’ll be tempted     she was 8 or 9 and says, “I found that      the charm for the camera—smiling,
                                                                                           to wear heels, but wear flats or low       I could make words bounce off the           twirling and working hard to give
                                                                                           heels instead. You’re going to want to     page.” She picked up the guitar at 12.      Your Prom the best cover possible.

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