Is this not the face of a best-selling artist?
Sure, when it comes to album sales, Taylor Swift is an unparalleled success, what with Red having the best debut week of any album in the last 10 years and the Recording Academy of America declaring her the Top Digital Selling Artist only yesterday.
But when it comes to being a cover girl, Swift is rumored to be falling short of platinum status because the December issue of Cosmopolitan featuring the 23-year-old with the fascinating love life on its cover had lackluster sales.
But, hold the phone—Swift more than holds her own when it comes to selling magazines.
She may not be Lady Gaga wedged into a Marc Jacobs fishtail gown on the September cover of Vogue, the fashion bible's top seller in 2012, but Swift's February issue sold 329,371, an above-average number for the year, according to publisher Condé Nast.
More than 443,000 copies were sold of the November issue of Glamour, featuring Swift and the tease of "Stuff She Only Tells Her Girlfriends" on the cover.
She also helped Harper's Bazaar sell an above-average number of copies for December: 138,412.
"I'd put money on her for the long run," Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive tells Women's Wear Daily, which first reported the sales figures, noting that a sales slump, for whatever reason, is "nothing a pro can't come back from."