Of all the pop idols to follow, I’m glad she found one so grounded and who actually represents a good role model for young girls and teenagers.
I had no hesitation in taking my nine-year-old to Taylor Swift’s last two concerts (and I’m sure I will do so again when she returns to Australia next year), as I much prefer her to listen to Taylor than other female singers who belt out excruciating lyrics about getting so intoxicated they can’t remember what they did the night before or brushing teeth with Jack Daniels when they get up in the morning. Not to mention the stage shows that are totally inappropriate for the young audience of which makes up a large amount of their fan base.
So recently when Taylor Swift was slammed by many critics for her latest single ‘Shake It Off’ for not being ‘country’ enough I just rolled my eyes. As the lyrics say – haters gonna hate. It’s a spoof people, with the video clip a take off of all the things that she is not and shows how she is comfortable with who she is and where she is headed.
And so Taylor should be.
My admiration of this 24-year-old continued to grow in the past few months when she replied to an Instagram message from a young fan suffering from bullying at school. Taylor’s response was heartfelt and full of empathy, encouraging the girl to be herself and that she understood what she was feeling as she had been in exactly the same position herself. And look at where she is now! Yep, haters gonna hate but keep on dancing no matter what!
I have always told my daughter that she needs to be true to herself, that the world would be a boring place if we all acted the same and liked the same things. That she needs to lead the way in her own future and so long as she does her best that’s all that counts. If she can have songs created by role models like Taylor Swift to keep that passion going, then it can only be a good thing.
I don’t know Taylor personally, nor her parents, but from this mum to hers I wish to thank you for raising such a decent young lady who provides girls across the globe with such a great role model. They are few and far between these days and it should be congratulated.