Hey, we’ve all got to start somewhere. A photo of a baby-faced Taylor Swift modeling in a black-and-white ad for Abercrombie & Fitch—while showcasing her country crooner "roots" by strumming a guitar, no less—has been making waves across the internet over the past 24 hours. We say "roots," of course, because it’s a well known fact that Taylor didn’t move to Nashville until the age of 14 in 2004, before which she spent her prepubescent years in Pennsylvania.
But this ad, shot in 2003, was featured as part of A&F’s "Rising Stars" campaign—which explains why she was photographed with her guitar in the first place. May we also note that it appears as though Taylor’s depositing teardrops on her guitar—à la her first single, which was released in 2007. Ah, so this is where she got that inspiration.
It’s somewhat ironic that the brand who originally helped rocket Taylor into the tween spotlight was also the same one to condemn her—and her publicly tumultuous love life—a decade later. In June 2013, A&F pulled a tee that read "#more boyfriends than t.s." after angry fans flooded the company with a petition to get rid of the shirt. It’s funny how these things come full circle, isn’t it?