Swiftie couple recreates Taylor Swift album covers

Two married Swifties embarked on a mission to recreate everything Taylor Swift's album covers after the singer announced her new record'The department of tortured poets” at the Grammys in February.

Charlie Bird – the 'big Swiftie' of the two, according to husband Ryan Clifford – came up with the idea after Swift made the surprise announcement while accepting the Grammy for best pop vocal album.

The project is a continuation of what the couple had done for Halloween last year: dress up as Swift and her boyfriend Travis Kelce. Charlie shaved his head and Ryan spent four days painstakingly recreating the red 'Reputation' costume Swift wore on her Eras Tour – with sequins galore.

They documented the project for their YouTube page and when they posted the final results on social media, their followers loved it.

Charlie Bird as Travis Kelce and Ryan Clifford as Taylor Swift during Halloween 2023.
Charlie Bird as Travis Kelce and Ryan Clifford as Taylor Swift during Halloween 2023.

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“And they loved seeing Ryan as Taylor Swift,” Charlie told CBS News, to which Ryan replied with a laugh, “They love seeing me embarrass myself.”

In 11 posts on their Instagram accounts, the couple spanned all 16 years of her career. From her debut album 'Taylor Swift', released in 2006, to her latest release, the two spend a few days preparing for each shoot – putting together each outfit from new clothes or what they already own and creating backgrounds or places explore nearby to recreate the look.

Otherwise, it's just them, a ring light and an iPhone, Charlie said. It takes six to eight hours a day, he said, to complete one album cover.

“She's been through a lot of different looks and hairstyles,” Charlie said. “Every day we do our best to recreate that in a way that makes him authentically more like Taylor Swift.”

“We're just lucky that I have long, curly hair, which makes it versatile,” Ryan replied as his husband laughed.

The spouses say that Swift's popularity is due to her lyrics, which, in a word, are recognizable. Charlie, a clinical therapist, said he has clients who use her songs to help them describe what they are feeling.

“That's just a perfect example of how she came to mean so much to so many people, because she taught us – as a generation – how to connect with feeling,” Charlie said.

And Ryan, a digital marketer, couldn't agree more: adding it is ambitious, too.

“She just has an amazing mind that comes up with these lyrics,” he said. “But at the end of the day, she's just a girl, you know? And we all feel like, 'Oh, she's a girl. She's going through it.'”

The couple attended two concerts during the Eras Tour last year. Charlie told CBS News that it was a journey through his own adolescence. “1989,” he said, is the perfect pop album.

“I love walking around to 'Style,'” he said, not to underestimate her other music. “There's something about the 'Reputation' set that's just… powerful.”

What would Charlie do if he ever met Swift? Besides freaking out, Ryan of course joked with his husband.

“Hopefully I'd have the composure to stay calm,” Charlie replied, laughing. “It's been really great to see her grow, take on challenges and become more resilient as a result.”

“I am grateful that she is willing to share that creative gift and it has inspired me to be more creative and also more in touch with myself.”

The two were excited to recreate the latest album, with Charlie commenting that it's probably the funniest thing Ryan can do.

“There will be a lot of giggling, at my expense,” Ryan said with a laugh.

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