This morning, over breakfast of berries, granola, flax, and soy milk, plus my morning cup of joe, of course, I flipped through the pages of the June issue of Vanity Fair. I like reading VF readers’ letters. I was curious to see what people thought about Taylor Swift landing on the cover of the April issue. After all, the magazine also contained a detailed account of Malala Yousafzai’s story.
I must admit, I read Malala’s story and skipped Taylor’s. Not really a fan. I have to admit too, that her songs are catchy, both from a melody and refrain standpoint. I can see how they can turn into earworms in people’s heads easily. Whatever the rest of us might say, she’s a successful artist and she’s a brand.
I expected reprisals from VF readers. Personally, I would have liked to see Ms. Yousafzai on the cover. Her story is far more compelling to me. She’s a hero in a world where most heroes don’t see the light of day after being shot by the Taliban. But, I wonder, would VF have sold less copies? One could argue that the rest of us could have gone to the usual celebrity gossip magazines for this type of story, but not really expect it from VF.
Then I read what readers have said. Some of them did not mince words.
I have to say that I’m glad I was not sipping my coffee when I read this or I would have spewed most of it through my nose and mouth! Whew!
There were also numerous tweets to VF about this. Here’s some of them in case you can’t read the small print:
“Ugh, Taylor Swift is on the @VanityFair cover this month? I’m gonna have to read it out of a brown paper bag like it’s porn.” – @washingtina
“best part of @VanityFair’s article on Taylor Swift ‘She writes perfect pop songs that stick in your head like lollipops stuck in your hair’ – @theelf26
You get the drift. I guess we should not be so mean. She’s someone’s daughter. I don’t know a lot about her, really. Only that she’s famous and her songs have similar girl-ignored/ditched-by-cute-boy themes.
I still wish they put Malala’s picture on the cover. Then maybe my hubby would not have left the issue on the plane when we were going to Mexico a few weeks ago and I could have read the other articles…..
- Malala Yousafzai makes Time’s ‘most influential’ list (dawn.com)
- I am Malala: Book Review (anubookmaniac.wordpress.com)
- Vanity Fair April 2013, The Woman on the Page (vemccarroll.wordpress.com)
- A Woman’s Right To Education: Malala Yousafzai (youthpolitcal.wordpress.com)
- Update: Malala Yousafzai will give NY address on Malala Day (leadershipspirit.wordpress.com)
- Malala is now where she wants to be: (uogmcm12.wordpress.com)