Opinions from the Beard: Is Taylor Swift a Role Model?

“I’ve learned a pretty tough lesson that people can say whatever they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to that.” says Taylor Swift. (Sarah 2014) Taylor Swift is becoming a bigger, better superstar right before our eyes and she is shaking off the haters. Taylor is a role model for kids because she is intelligent, strong willed woman, who now knows what she wants from life. She also has faith, religion, and a good upbringing and not to mention she is very charitable.

Taylor Swift is an intelligent, strong willed woman. Taylor Swift has great business practices and is an entrepreneur. Taylor has great people skills and knows what to say at the right time. (Key 2012) Swift and her management have raged war against streaming sites like Spotify by taking her music off the very popular website to sell more CDs and iTunes downloads. Taylor even quotes her strong willed, self by saying “Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.” (Swift 2011)

Faith and religion don’t necessarily make you a better person but in Taylor Swift case I believe it does Taylor was enrolled in home school that had a very strong Christian background and laid the building blocks for what she has become. Swift has also donated over 250,000 thousand dollars to christian schools in the United States. Taylor also but her neck on the line for a christian band Need to Breathe because the record company didn’t think it was a good idea for them to tour with Taylor and she said she wanted them.

Taylor Swift was voted the top charitable celebrity in 2014. (Takeda 2014) In fact, when the song “Welcome to New York” came out all the proceeds to that song went to New York City’s public schools. Taylor also has a history of just helping out random people for instance she one time gave a stranger 90 dollars to pay for lunch and when walking around Central Park, she happily took selfies with fans.(Weaver 2014) Swift has a history of helping people randomly she also paid for a fans student loan just to give her a head start. (Hayes 2015)

Taylor Swift does have some bad habits, she doesn’t seem to get along with a lot of her female counterparts I did find many stories on this subject one example was the story of the singer Lorde how had a fall out with Taylor and said that she was selfish among some other choice words. The song title “Bad Blood” is about Taylor talking about another friend who she ended up not getting along with. My believes is that it doesn’t make you a bad role model that you don’t get along with your peers just maybe a communication flaw.

In conclusion, I feel more than ever that Taylor Swift is a role model to kids and young adults. Taylor is active in charities she is friendly and a success in every way. I love her background with religion she doesn’t push it down your throat, but it is there and very present if you look for it. I believe fighting off Spotify was a bold move, but she is standing up for what she feels is right and what she needs to do to succeed in her business, it’s a lot about money and you can’t be mad at her for that.
Sources

Sarah.(2014) Leadership Lessons From Taylor Swift. zingcoaching.com. retrieved from http://www.zingcoaching.com/blog/2014/11/18/leadership-lessons-from-taylor-swift

Key, S. (2012) Taylor Swift: Superstar Entrepreneur. allbusiness.com. retrieved from http://www.allbusiness.com/taylor-swift-superstar-entrepreneur-11817436-1.html

Swift, T. (2011) Quote by Taylor Swift. goodreads.com retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/451518-be-that-strong-girl-that-everyone-knew-would-make-it?page=5

Weaver, C. (2014) Taylor Swift Handed a Girl 90 dollars Out of Her Purse. gawker.com retrieved from http://gawker.com/taylor-swift-handed-a-girl-90-out-of-her-purse-to-go-t-1615992654

Takeda, A. (2014) Taylor Swift Tops List of Most Charitable Celebs for 2014. usweekly.com. retrieved from http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/taylor-swift-tops-list-of-most-charitable-celebs-for-2014-20142912

Hayes. S (2015) Taylor Swift Helps Fan Pay Student Loans. US Official News. LexisNexis

Maier, J (2014) Lorde Says Taylor Swift is a Bad Role Model. crushable.com retrieved from http://www.crushable.com/2013/09/30/entertainment/lorde-taylor-swift-is-bad-role-model-interview/

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