Taylor Swift talks rumored Kanye West collab, dating mistakes with 'Vanity Fair'

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Taylor Swift's style icon status is officially set in stone -- or, at least, print.

The singer covers the annual style issue of Vanity Fair, and in the accompanying story (excerpts of which have been released online), Swift opens up on everything from Kanye West to the importance of her girlfriend squad.

Taylor Swift on the September 2015 cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by Mario Testino.
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Of West, Swift explained that new pal Jay Z was the impetus for friendlier feelings. "I feel like I wasn't ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn't ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me -- so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time," Swift told the magazine. "I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I've accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid's doing."

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As for that long-rumored Kanye/Taylor collaboration, don't hold your breath. "We haven't planned anything," Swift said. "But, hey, I like him as a person. And that's a really good, nice first step, a nice place for us to be."

Swift also discussed her views on streaming, and how she couldn't believe her open letter to Apple -- which she read to her mom first -- provoked the reaction it did. "My fears were that I would be looked at as someone who just whines and rants about this thing that no one else is really ranting about....Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about," she explained. "And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine."

On her pals that regularly show up all over her social media (and on stage with her), Swift explained, "We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It's almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It's so much more important than some guy that it didn't work out with."

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"When you've got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it's so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media. . . . now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other -- and just because you have the same taste in men, we don't hold that against each other," she says.

Speaking of men, Swift doesn't discuss boyfriend Calvin Harris specifically, but she does share what her mindset has been over the past year when it comes to guys. "That was the way that I decided to go on with my life," she explained of the new era of Swift. "Not looking for anything, not necessarily being open to anything, and only being open to the idea that, if I found someone who would never try to change me, that would be the only person I could fall in love with. Because, you know, I was in love with my life."

Hear more from Swift -- including why she idolizes Oprah and Angelina Jolie -- over at Vanity Fair.

Take a peek of pics from Swift's 1989 tour below:

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Taylor Swift talks rumored Kanye West collab, dating mistakes with 'Vanity Fair'
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 26: Singer/songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Mick Jagger perform onstage during The 1989 World Tour live in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena at Bridgestone Arena on September 26, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 03: Taylor Swift and Mick Jagger perform at the United Center on June 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 15: (L-R) Taylor Swift, musician Joan Beaz and actress Julia Roberts take a bow on stage during Swift's 'The 1989 World Tour' at Levi's Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by John Medina/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriters Alanis Morissette (R) and Taylor Swift perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriters Alanis Morissette (L) and Taylor Swift perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Natalie Maines of the band Dixie Chicks perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Natalie Maines of the band Dixie Chicks perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (L) and comedian Ellen DeGeneres perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (L) and comedian Ellen DeGeneres perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (L) and comedian Ellen DeGeneres perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
FOXBORO, MA - JULY 25: Singer Taylor Swift performs at Gillette Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TAS)
FOXBORO, MA - JULY 25: Singer Taylor Swift performs at Gillette Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TAS)
Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, July 10, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Friday, July 10, 2015, in New Jersey. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 21: Taylor Swift performs in The 1989 World Tour at Ziggo Dome on June 21, 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images for TAS)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 13: Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 1989 World Tour on June 13, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 20: Taylor Swift performs live on stage during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 2 at Lanxess Arena on June 20, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images for TAS)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Taylor Swift performs at Manchester Arena on June 24, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images for TAS)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Taylor Swift performs at The SSE Hydro on June 23, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Getty Images for TAS)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 29: Taylor Swift brings The 1989 World Tour to 3Arena on June 29, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 20: Taylor Swift performs live on stage during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 2 at Lanxess Arena on June 20, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Taylor Swift performs during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images for TAS)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 21: Taylor Swift performs in The 1989 World Tour at Ziggo Dome on June 21, 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images for TAS)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Taylor Swift performs at Manchester Arena on June 24, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images for TAS)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Taylor Swift performs at The SSE Hydro on June 23, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Getty Images for TAS)
BATON ROUGE, LA - MAY 22: Taylor Swift performs on stage during 'The 1989 World Tour' at LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA on May 22, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Taylor Swift performs during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 20: Taylor Swift performs live on stage during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 2 at Lanxess Arena on June 20, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 20: Taylor Swift performs live on stage during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 2 at Lanxess Arena on June 20, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 21: Taylor Swift performs in The 1989 World Tour at Ziggo Dome on June 21, 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images for TAS)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 1989 World Tour on June 12, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TAS)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Taylor Swift performs at Manchester Arena on June 24, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images for TAS)
BOSSIER CITY, LA - MAY 20: Taylor Swift performs on stage for the 1989 World Tour at CenturyLink Center on May 20, 2015 in Bossier City, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 13: Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 1989 World Tour on June 13, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Taylor Swift performs during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Taylor Swift performs during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Taylor Swift performs at The SSE Hydro on June 23, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Getty Images for TAS)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 1989 World Tour on June 12, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TAS)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 30: Taylor Swift performs on stage during the 1989 World Tour Live at Ford Field on May 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TAS)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 19: 'TS' letters are seen during the 'Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour' night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images for TAS)
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