• 1. She writes all of her own songs

    Unlike most teen sensations, Taylor writes songs about her own personal experiences. This love of writing first materialized in the three-page long poem she composed in the fourth grade entitled, “Monster in my Closet.” After the family’s computer repairman taught her a few chords on the guitar, she began writing songs about her relationship with her high school classmates. Her first song was “Lucky you.”

  • 2. She fought for success the old fashioned way – by taking to the streets

    At the ripe old age of 11, Taylor went to Nashville in the hopes of obtaining a record deal. Despite being turned away from every place she went, Taylor persevered. She returned to Nashville time and time again until she finally signed a deal.

  • 3. She liked Bieber before it was ‘hip’ to like the Beeb

    TayTay used the Beeb’s first hit song for a video blog. Helping get the Beeb on the map! Without Taylor, there would be no Beeb.

  • 4. She has a great sense of humor about her break-ups

    …In an “F-you Joe Jonas” sort of way

  • 5. Taylor never went through an awkward hair stage.

    Her hair looks like spun silk. It’s like if Rapunzel’s hair was woven by Rumpelstiltskin.

  • 6. She’s always losing her retainer. And then her mom yells at her about it.

    She’s just like you!

  • 7. Katy Perry, Beyonce, Pink and even OBAMA <3 her

    When Kayne forever cemented his place as a drunken jackass, the WORLD came to Taylor’s defense.

  • 8. She has her own greeting card line

    And they are sparkly and pretty and bring light and happiness to the world.

  • 9. Her mom isn’t a skanky attention whore

    Unlike Miley and Lindsey’s mothers, Andrea Swift is really down to earth (see the retainer incident as proof)

  • 10. She rapped with T Paine and is besties with the Jzoncyes

    You know, the dude that did “I’m on a boat?” Yeah, he and TayTay are Besties. She also hangs out with JZ and Beyonce

  • 11. She’s a very talented recording artist!

    The New York Times described Swift as “one of pop’s finest songwriters, country’s foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults.”

  • 12. She loves sparkly dresses

    Heaven knows sparkly dresses are fun to wear. You’re in a bad mood? Go put on sparkly dress. That frown is now upside down!

  • 13. Her favorite number is 13!

    While many consider 13 to be unlucky, Taylor bucks convention and fully embraces the number as her good luck charm!

  • 14. EXTRA: I’m pretty certain she likes turtles

    Because she’s amazing. And amazing people like turtles.