Taylor Swift has been turning heads with her new, sexy wardrobe, but the 23-year-old says it is just a reflection of getting older.
Taylor has people buzzing about her recent red carpet choices, which have included plunging necklines and shorter skirts. "As far as wardrobe, we have been operating from a different place," the singer said.
While her choices may be demure compared with the Kim Kardashians of the world, for Taylor, a former teen sweetheart, it has raised eyebrows, and she acknowledges that it is been a bit of a shock for some people who are accustomed to seeing her wear long dresses.
She recalled how her decision to wear shorts at last year's MTV Video Music Awards caused a stir. "It was like, 'Gasp, Taylor wears shorts.' And I thought it was hilarious," she said, adding: "I'm not going to be like taking my clothes off or that sort of thing."
Taylor's new look is a reflection of her overall maturation, with her latest album, Red, selling more than three million copies since it was released last autumn and producing two smash singles, I Knew You Were Trouble and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which is nominated for record of the year at next month's Grammy Awards.
"I'm so happy about (my) three nominations - it's so unreal," Taylor said in a phone interview from Paris.
The singer said she is especially happy with the success of songs like I Knew You Were Trouble, a dance-infused song that takes her further from her country realm than ever before.
"The fans have been so good to me this year," she said. "I wanted to make a genre-defying record, I wanted to make an album that was hard to pin down, and hard to box in."
Taylor said fans should expect more surprises during her upcoming tour, which kicks off on March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska.