Taylor Swift has finally emerged from a nearly four-month-long hiatus in a congratulatory video for NBA’s Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook on Monday night. The video features Swift telling a hilariously made-up anecdote of the times she and Westbrook have spent together, before admitting that they’ve never actually met in person.
Regardless of the humor of Swift’s clip, the singer’s fans are most excited about what her natural curly locks might mean for the future of her music.
— Scoopla (@Scoopla) June 27, 2017
The singer, who was last seen performing in Houston in February, had been rocking a short, sleek haircut for the entirety of her performance and press for the album 1989. Although the time off may have lent itself to some changes in her look, Swifties are sure that the debut of her curly hair is signaling something bigger.
— Taylor Swift PH (@SwiftiesManila) June 27, 2017
“TAYLOR. SWIFT. IS. BACK. CURLY HAIR. NEW ERA IS APPROACHING. I DIED. DEAD. #TS6IsComing,” one fan tweeted, along with several screenshots of Swift’s latest look.
The tweet perfectly captures the craze among the entire community of Swift’s fans, who believe that the new hairstyle is foreshadowing the anticipated release of her sixth studio album. The album, which is referred to as #TS6, has been on the radar of Swifties since last year, after some fans identified a pattern of biannual release dates of her previous five albums. But following the disappointment of no album being released in 2016, Swift announced she was taking time off.
In an interview with Vogue in April 2016, Swift mentioned the personal time she’d be taking, with the hope that it would ease the pressure she puts on herself to constantly be creating. But, of course, as she admitted, it’d be difficult to stop writing altogether.
“I’m always going to be writing songs,” she told the magazine. “The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started. That’s an option too.”
So what does her hair have to do with it?
As a professional in rebranding herself, Swift has become known for evolving her look as her music continues to change. When teasing the release of her fifth album, she told CMT, “I never want to make the same album twice. I never want them to be the same. I think people like change. I think people like something fresh and new.”
Quote this tweet with your favorite Taylor Swift hair:
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— Taylor Swift Now (@TaylorSwiftN0W) June 12, 2017
For the possible release of a highly anticipated album, there’s nothing fresher than a new ‘do.
— Mariella (@Mariellalalah) June 27, 2017
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSupdated) June 27, 2017
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