Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a role model and inspiration for young women around the globe. A pioneer in the music industry, she has released nine unique albums since 2006, most recently indie-pop albums Folklore and Evermore. She has won ten Grammy Awards, an Emmy, and numerous musical accolades. In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama even described Swift as a woman who “has rocketed to the top of the music industry, but still keeps her feet on the ground, someone who has shattered every expectation of what a twenty-two-year-old can accomplish.”

However, Taylor Swift’s personal life has been critically scrutinized by the public. It seems like everyone from journalists to A-list celebrities have judged her for her relationships. Swift and her fans are well-aware that this backlash is simply because she is a young, successful woman. In response to this hate, Swift preaches messages of feminism to her fans.

In early March of this year, Swift tweeted a message saying, “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back.” This was in response to a quote from the Netflix show: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.” Swift stood up to this disrespect and her fans supported her wholeheartedly.

This was not the only hateful message directed towards Swift. In 2013, Abercrombie & Fitch sold a shirt that proclaimed in shiny silver letters, “#more boyfriends than T.S.” They soon removed the shirt from their stores after receiving scathing backlash.

Taylor Swift has had to withstand these slams since day one of her career. Still, she continues to stand up for what she believes in and produces dynamic music, not taking the public’s criticism to heart.

— Vienna Gurev