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Taylor Swift: A Role Model For All Girls

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In my AP Psychology textbook, the authors devoted time to talk about the importance of role models. So, I got to thinking: Who in the news makes a good role model for girls?
Is it Paris Hilton with her sex tape? Is it Miley Cyrus with another scandalous photo? Is it Britney Spears? If I believed in behaviorism, I'd have little hope for any young girls to grow up and do something important.

Then I thought of Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift is a country artist whose L.A. concert sold out in two minutes, a record for the Staples Center. She has released two hit CDs with songs like "White Horse," "Tim McGraw," and "Teardrops on my Guitar." Her newest CD, Fearless, had the largest opening U.S. sales week in 2008 by a female artist in all genres of music. She's only 19 and she's already that successful.

But it's not enough for people to just be famous to make great role models. Miley Cyrus is super successful, but I wouldn't want my kids looking up to her. If I had a kid, which I don't because I'm 17, I'd stay far away from Hannah Montana. I'd buy my kid a Taylor Swift CD.

For starters, she's not releasing any dumb photos of herself that are so bad people are suing her. Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, is being sued for offending Asians.

Second, she's pretty clean cut. Taylor told Rolling Stone that she's never experimented with cigarettes or drunk even a bit of alcohol. She even lives with her parents still, in the same room she lived in when she was a baby.

Third, she doesn't put up with stuff from bullies. When people treated her rudely, she got over it and didn't let it affect her. She uses that negative energy for good. "As I was setting up my equipment to sing karaoke at the town summer festival, the kids would shout horrible things." Taylor told Self magazine, "The only thing I can do is look back and thank [those classmates]. If I hadn't been so driven to music because I didn't have anyone to hang out with, if I hadn't written songs because I didn't have anyone to talk to, I wouldn't be sitting here right now." That's something we can all learn from. I really admire that.

Taylor Swift has vowed she won't be another Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan. And, yeah, I realize all the celebrities say that, but I honestly believe Taylor Swift. Plus, she hasn't done anything bad to make it seem like she's going to the dark side. Right now, Taylor Swift is an inspiration to all girls.

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  • Someone who likes Taylor :)

    I seriously enjoy listening to her music, I believe that she is a great role model, that’s my opinion so you don’t need to write horrible things about her… She hasn’t done anything wrong!! And also.. if you hate Taylor swift so much why are you wasting your time saying so? Seriously? You must be pretty lonely then.. She is a great INSPIRATION to teens world wide, what teenager doesn’t want to be famous at 19 and have millions of fans? …I know i sure would

  • Katie

    My family hates taylors swifts guts

  • lil

    i love taylor swift she is the best and all the bad stupied coments i think they are just mad that so many young ladys and men like her so all you haters why are you readying this anyways???

  • allie dimino

    Ok u know what yall shes an amazing person she says that be who u wanna be and dont let anyone stop u live life love and be happy i had to write a paper on whos a good role model and shes the first one that came to mind she gives girls advice if they r going through boy trouble and i think it would help when they get older. I love taylor swift and her music she is inspirational to many people

  • Aly

    Hey if u guys don’t have anything positive to say why u reading this stuff huh??Look you guys should just accept the truth and the truth is that Tay is a good role model everyday she thinks about what she does and how it Will influence people and she NEVER wants to mislead her fans . Look she a sweet girl still growing up leave her alone she is still a human being with feelings and a heart and I admire that she expresses them.And if she wants to sing about love she can she is allowed Her songs relate to a lot of girls too. We All Love her so very much so leave us and her be.

  • Aly

    @Katie it doesn’t mean that you can appreciate what a good Role model she is!

  • Rylee

    I think she is fabulous and yeah the reasons James listened should be followed its “common sense” but the thing is most girls dont. TEAM T-SWIZZLEEEE

  • luiui

    i like carrots

  • Allison

    It won’t kill taylor if she drinks a little bit when she’s older, don’t most people do that? I Mean at the age of 19 don’t most people drink?:3 I love her music! It’s just so … hard to desrcibe :P Each song has a beautiful moral. Don’t hate on Taylor when she grows up. Everyone grows up, don’t they? Everyone changes. Its a part of life. (: I personally. Lov every song she wrote. Sorry my spelling and grammar is messed up. Im only 11 and I’m on my phone so its hard to type :P

  • shirley

    i’m 11 so i’m jest saying that i love taylor swift and she is my role model.

  • shirley

    oh and allison
    taylor 22 now. this was made 3 years ago

  • Taylorswiftlvr13

    Shes 22 and still doesn’t drink or smoke or anything, in fact she is going to turn 23 soon,in December . I think that this proves that shes is a good role model. Her lyrics are true and they don’t include anything like swear words, stuff about sex, and drinking and all the things other singers do. She says that the people who put out songs in the radio are raising the next generation and that is completely true. Little kids are looking for support and what they hear is what they hear. She puts out honest lyrics, and if you ask me I say she is the best role model there is in our society. I love her so much and wish that one day I can meet her.

  • Sara

    I’m doing a research paper on her.

  • Shikinah

    She is so awesome!!!

  • Divania

    I juSt sAy thAt tAylOr sWift rOCkS aNd nO mAttEr wAt uR’ll sAy ,she’s still mAh rOle moDel!!!