Taylor Swift’s cat Benjamin Button lands first magazine cover for Time: ‘Purrson of the Year’

No red scarf? No problem.

Taylor Swift is Time’s Person of the Year for 2023, but she’s not the only one fronting the magazine’s latest issue: One of the superstar’s three beloved cats, Benjamin Button, makes a cameo on one of Swift’s three covers.

Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the “Cruel Summer” songstress strikes a confident stance in a black Bardot bodysuit and Wolford tights along with her go-to red lipstick, the fluffy feline draped over her shoulders.

Van Lamsweerde told Time the captivating snap was inspired by photographer Bill Hayward’s ’70s-era book “Cat People,” which features artful shots of entertainers, writers and other professionals with their pets.

“The pictures are brilliant. It shows very well the relationship that people have with their cats. But at the same time, [shows] the way cats are kind of on their own — they’re a special breed of animal,” the famed fashion photog told the mag.


“So I got a vintage copy of it for Taylor because I know she’s a major cat lover, and her cats travel with her. And I said, ‘You know, I’ve always wanted to do a picture like the one that’s on the cover of that book where the cat’s on the shoulder of the girl.’ It speaks to a sense of carrying everything on your shoulders but being defiant while doing so. And she agreed and that’s how that picture happened.”

Van Lamsweerde noted that the image “really has everything: Her glamor [sic], her power, her sense of empathy of carrying the whole world on her shoulders,” adding, “I felt that there is something there in her body position that’s very powerful and strong. Her expression and the way she looks has this old Hollywood glamor [sic] but underneath, there’s so much power in her stance. The way she has Benjamin on her shoulders is kind of like, ‘Yeah, I’m carrying you all.’”

Swift met and adopted Benjamin Button while filming her “Me!” music video in 2019. Taylor Swift/Vevo
The 12-time Grammy winner was styled by Heidi Bivens and photographed by Inez and Vinoodh for three different Time covers. Inez and Vinoodh for TIME

Suffice to say, Swifties were delighted to see their favorite ragdoll land his first high-fashion cover.

“Thrilled Benjamin Button finally landed Purrson of the Year,” one tweeted; “when taylor swift said ‘wear you like a necklace’ she was talking about her cats apparently,” another joked.

Cracked a third of Swift’s other two famous felines, “Meredith and Olivia Swift are silent amidst the reveal of Benjamin Button Swift’s feature on Taylor Swift’s cover shoot for TIME’s ‘Person Of The Year.’”

Meredith, Olivia: There’s always next year.