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.