The Taylor Swift Effect


Almost everyone has heard of Taylor Swift.

With seven Grammys®, five Platinum albums, and a tendency to dance like no one’s watching during award shows, she’s hard to ignore. She’s won the distinction of being the only female artist in music history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure twice while also making it on Time magazine’s 100 Top Influential People in the World.

Because the media needs to make stories about her love life and supposed faults, most  cannot comprehend the positive impact that Taylor Swift has had on lives or ultimately, how she’s just a kind and generous person. From stopping her car to meet fans waiting for her on the street to giving huge donations to charity, Taylor Swift’s the perfect role model.

Just last week, Swift was in Australia for her tour when she met up with a fan who was going to lose her hearing by the end of the year. She stated how she always wanted to hear Taylor Swift live, but never could go. When a local radio station helped her get concert tickets, Taylor invited her backstage after the show so they could meet.

Taylor Swift also was named “most charitable celebrity” this year. She’s donated to about 28 charities: Feeding America, PETA, Music For Relief, and Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, to name a few. Donating four million dollars to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, she was able to expand the museum’s youth education programs and create an education center, which is about 7,500 square feet. It’s double the size of the actual museum and gives kids more opportunities to create interests in art and music.

BHS student Holly Reddy said, “She’s a great artist. I went to her concert over the summer and it was so much fun. Not only is her music good, she’s a great person to look up to.”
Without her award winning songs there would be less songs that millions of people could relate to. Taylor Swift’s proven that she’s a selfless and caring role model through her actions, not through the articles written about her.