Taylor Swift Dishes on Feeling Sexy, Being In Love and Her Go-To Red Lip

10/11/2013 at 10:40 AM ET

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You think you know Taylor Swift, but you have no idea. Well, okay, you probably do, since the 23-year-old singer pours her heart out on her very personal albums and can often be spotted expressing herself (oops!) at awards shows.

But the singer reveals a more mature side of herself in November’s InStyle, on stands now. She touches on a wide range of topics, from having a ton in common with Lena Dunham to whether she can actually have guy friends, as well as sharing how she’s evolving in fashion and in flirtation.

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First off, she discusses whether she’s been trying to amp up her sexiness (especially when compared to some other former teen stars we could name). “It’s never been a priority for me to try to be sexy, and I think growing up is something you should do gradually,” she says. “Some people do [skip ahead], and that’s their choice, careerwise, if they want to go down that path.”

But since her latest album, Red, definitely had a grown-up feel, the reporter wonders if she’s ever been in love. “I’d like to think that if you’re with the right person, you feel great about things you’ve never felt great about before. At least that’s how I’ve heard it’s supposed to be. I wouldn’t know.” So, that’s a no? “I don’t know. I think you can love someone without it being that great love.”

On less serious grounds, Swift talks about her favorite designers (Elie Saab and Ralph Lauren) and mall stores (Anthropologie and Urban, of course), spills on her style icons (bet you can guess) and even shares her favorite red lip color: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge No. 8, if you’re looking to pick one up yourself.

Check out the rest of the candid interview in the new issue, and be sure to check out InStyle.com for her most stunning red carpet styles and her changing looks throughout the years. Are you liking this new, more mature Taylor? And who are your style icons?

–Alex Apatoff

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Kathie on

buying it today!!!

itsall good nroanoke on


pep on

In “Love” ZERO ..In “Lust” Seems like every other month but I must say it seems like she has calmed down ..

Nanu 08 on

This article is really quite BORING but then again everything about Taylor Swift is one big YAWN………

noorilhuda on

This has GOT to be the sexist headline ever! I wonder why George Clooney has never got such a headline by People Mag???

jkatze on

TS has only been in love once . . . with herself.

Good Tx Girl on

I just love her….I don’t care why she writes what she does or how many times she has been in love….I just think she is awesome

Daisy on

In love just count her songs. She sings about each one of them

Yvonne on

You can’t hop on and off multiple men like she’s done without attracting the wrong kind of attention from both men and women. It was too short a time period for so many boyfriends. There for awhile it was “spotted passionately kissing this guy” and literally 2 weeks later it was “bought a house next to another guy she’s dating” and this went on for about a year with different guys all the time. I find it odd that Miley does this awful stage act and videos and then dates only one man in her real life and yet she’s labeled the biggest sleaze while Taylor actually does a lot more than that with numerous guys and gets off so lightly because her public behavior isn’t gross. I can’t figure out if I agree with that or not. Eh, both bad I guess-just in different ways.

tori on

She’s young,beautiful,talented and laughing all the way to the bank! Jealous haters need to get over it and get a life!

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