Taylor Swift is Rapunzel in Annie Leibovitz's new Disney Dream Portrait (Photo)
Taylor Swift is the latest celebrity to be featured in famed photographer Annie Leibovitz's Disney Dream Portrait series and stars as long-haired princess Rapunzel, from the 2010 animated film "Tangled."
The 23-year-old blonde pop singer joins the likes of Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Russell Brand, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Rachel Weisz and David Beckham (Check out photos of them and other celebrities who have been featured in Annie Leibovitz's Disney Dream Portraits).
"When Disney came to me and said, 'We want you to play Rapunzel in this series, I just was so honored," Swift said in an interview provided by the Walt Disney Company. "You know, it's like, it's such a wonderful character to get to play and I think it was really like a childhood fantasy come, come into reality for me. Like, 'Wow, this is really happening. I'm getting to do this and Annie's shooting it' and it just ... one of those things that seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity."
"Tangled" starred Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, a princess with magical, gravity-defying blonde hair who was imprisoned in a tower by a woman who kidnapped her when she was a baby. The story is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, which was adapted from French novelist Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force's 1698 story "Persinette."
Leibovitz's Disney Dream Portrait series is part of the Disney Parks' print campaign for Walt Disney World and Disneyland, which began in 2007. The new photo of Swift will appear in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, InStyle and People magazine.
"I think that the reason why Annie shooting this and, you know, it being paired with Disney is that both of, both of those entities represents something so classic and so iconic," Swift said. "And so, if you pair Annie Leibovitz with Disney and you're, you're combining an incredible storyteller, visually with, you know, the creator of the most iconic stories in the history of, of forming children's imaginations, is that you get something really magical."
Swift said she has "so many amazing memories that come from Disney," recalling how she sang Disney songs as a child, adding: "You know, my parents realized I really was obsessed with this when I'd go up to strangers and sing 'Lion King' songs on the beach."
"My parents have videos of me on the beach at, like, 3 ... going up to people and singing 'Lion King' songs for them," the singer told Marie Claire magazine in 2010. "I was literally going from towel to towel, saying, 'Hi, I'm Taylor. I'm going to sing 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King' for you now.'"
In Disney's interview with Swift, the singer got nostalgic while talking about visiting the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.
"I look back and I think of all the times that me and my little brother went to Disney World and we really just were able to escape to that place anytime we had a hard time, anytime we were going through something rough, you go back into your memories and your imagination, where you were at Disney World and all this was, it was reality but it was fantasy at the same time," she said. And I think it really helps form kids' imaginations in a way that is immeasurable, really."
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