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Taylor Swift who?

Afternoon with the Vanderpumps: Joshua Heath enjoys tea and beefcake with Lisa. Story starts page 60.

Afternoon with the Vanderpumps: Joshua Heath enjoys tea and beefcake with Lisa. Story starts page 60.

FROM THE EDITOR with Andrew Creagh

Making the grade in our Entertainment Issue.

The DNA office went quiet. No one could look me in the eye. Suddenly everyone remembered important things they were supposed to be doing elsewhere. What had I done?

We were in the middle of planning this issue, the Entertainment Issue, and I suggested a feature story on Taylor Swift. I know she has more Twitter followers than there are stars in the heavens. I know she’s one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She’s one of the youngest and most influential wealthy people on the planet. Surely there’s a good gay angle to her story? Our Entertainment Issue usually features a pop diva that the gays are hot for – Madonna, Kylie, Grace Jones, Beyonce, Gaga. But apparently Taylor Swift isn’t hitting the gay spot.

So I jumped on the net to find out more. The first thing that struck me was that for most of her career she’s dressed like a Sunday School teacher. I’m also suspicious of her need for a “squad” of celebrity friends. It reminds me of that popular girl at school who needed to prove how likeable she was because she was actually very insecure. And then there’s her multi-award-winning songs – conventional, predictable, safe. Ho hum. I guess I just don’t relate to music about teenage life and my celebrity boyfriend dumping me. I’d rather read Taylor’s greatest tweets than listen to her greatest hits.

My overall feeling is that Taylor is the triumph of marketing over artistry; her strategy seems to be “the blander the better”. That’s working for her as a business model, but I want more from an entertainer. I want passion, risk-taking, something that’ll stir me up inside. If you’re a Taylor fan and strongly disagree, let me know.

Someone I can get excited about is Troye Sivan (page 50), the 20-year-old pop star from Perth whose Wild EP went nuts on iTunes a few weeks ago. Talented, gay, cute as a button. I hope Mardi Gras are trying to secure him for their party next year. Calvin Harris (page 54) is another music hottie we care about, especially now that he’s buffed up and become an Armani underwear model. At press time he was also Ms Swift’s boyfriend but they may well have split up by now and Taylor may have a hit song about it out already.

If it feels like winter has been coming to Westeros for a long time, imagine how Australians feel about waiting for Madonna to tour here again. She was last here in 1993 for The Girlie Tour. Some of you weren’t even born then! So I took some convincing that Madonna (page 52) was still a pop force to be reckoned with (as evidenced by her last few dodgy albums), but her Rebel Heart tour is getting rave reviews and, as correspondent Marc Andrews points out, she’s always been good to the gays.

And, from another generation still, we look at the colourful life of ABBA vocalist Frida Lyngstad – from Nazi love child to chart topper, to Swiss royal to, er, pigeon racer!

If you’re a fan of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, or RHOBH as real fans call it, you’ll need no introduction to Lisa Vanderpump (page 60). She, her bevvy of boys, and her crusade against animal cruelty in China make a great feature story. Lisa invited DNA correspondent Joshua Heath and photographer James Franklin to visit her Beverly Hills pad (well, it’s a mansion) and hang out. Glamour and gorgeous boys ensued and, voila, this month’s cover shot featuring Jeffrey Szpylman.

Our other major feature this month is the Make Me Hot reveal (page 86). Chris and Eli have been slogging it out with our fitness guru Lochi Horner for the past three months. Have we made them hot? You decide! We hope they inspire you to consider your own health and fitness.

Fun, fashion, a history feature and some hot homos – this issue has everything. I hope you enjoy it!

Andrew Creagh, Founding Editor


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