Taylor Swift Shocks with Brunette Locks--What Else She's Been Up To

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Young music star Taylor Swift is almost as famous for her long, blonde waves of hair as she is for writing revenge songs about her ex-loves. So it's a bit of a surprise for fans to see her in her latest ads for CoverGirl, with rocker chick make-up and blown-out brown tresses. We're guessing the hair experiment will be a hit, just like everything else in the popular singer's life these days.

Hair and Make-up

As she does on tour, Swift adopted different personas and styles for her latest CoverGirl cosmetics campaign. These new looks were a bit more edgy than the wholesome starlet is used to, as she explains in the behind the scenes video. The warmer tones of her new hair color dramatically highlights her perfect pale skin and gives her an overall more sophisticated vibe than her usual uber-blond locks. Though she had fun trying out some more daring choices, we're guessing the comparatively conservative country girl won't be going all Lady Gaga on us anytime soon.

Raking in the Dough

Playing dress-up and primping for the cameras is fun, but it's also lucrative. Along with her hugely successful music career, Swift's other endeavors have helped push her to the top of the money-making food chain. Forbes recently named the CoverGirl model the highest paid star under 30, edging out Justin Bieber with her yearly $57 million paycheck. Talk about girl power!

More Music

Speaking of the Biebs, Swift recently recorded a duet with him, though it didn't make it onto his latest album "Believe." The good news is that the single will turn up some time in the future, possibly along with another project the two hope to work on together. In the meantime, fans can enjoy the new brunette's crossover hit with B.o.B, "Both of Us."

Love Life

Despite her reputation for writing relationship tell-alls in song, the "Dear John" writer appears to have no problem attracting new potential boyfriends. The world might not be ready for such a combination of fantastic hair, but it's clear One Direction's Harry Styles was interested. Swift's eye seems to be focused in another direction, however, after spending the Fourth of July holiday with Patrick Shriver, aka Schwarzenegger.

Another Award

While Patrick and Taylor would make a very attractive couple, the 22-year-old singer is also drawn to his powerful family. It seems mingling with matriarch Ethel Kennedy and her daughter Rory had a positive effect, too. Due to her charitable efforts, the family is honoring Swift with the Ripple of Hope Award. She'll receive the honor at a black-tie dinner on December 3. Whether blonde or brunette, it seems that sometimes nice girls do finish first!

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