Early Musical Attempts and Mainstream Breakthrough
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania to parents Andrea and Scott Kingsley Swift. She has a younger brother, Austin. She first became interested in musical theater at the age of nine. She later appeared in several Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions and traveled regularly to Broadway to attend acting and vocal lessons.
She then turned her interest to country music and would spend her weekends performing at local festivals, coffeehouses, karaoke contests, sport events, fairs and Boy Scout meetings. When she was 11, she won a local talent contest after several failed attempts.
This led her to perform as the opening act for Charlie Daniels at a Strausstown amphitheater. She then decided to go to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a musical career after watching an episode of Behind the Music about Faith Hill. Also at age 11, she traveled with her mother to Nashville to leave a demo with record labels along Music Row.
After being rejected by several labels, she realized that the competition in Nashville is stiff as everyone there wanted to do what she wanted to do, so she thought of something that would make her unique. At age 12, she learned how to play the guitar after a repairman taught her to play three chords on a guitar, which inspired her to write her first song “Lucky You”.
Having previously won a national poetry contest, she decided to concentrate on songwriting. In 2003, she modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch as part of their “Rising Stars” campaign and had her original song included in a Maybelline compilation CD. This gave her opportunities to have meetings with major record labels.
She was given an artist development deal by RCA Records but left when she was 15 as the company wanted her to record the work of other songwriters and wait until she was 18 to release an album.
She then caught the attention of a DreamWorks Records executive who was in the process of building his own independent record label, Big Machine Records. She became the first artist to sign with the said record label and released her eponymous debut album in October 2006. The album spawned the songs “Tim McGraw”, “Teardrops on My Guitar”, “Our Song”, “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No”, which became successful on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
In 2008, she released her second studio album Fearless, generating the hit singles “Love Story”, “White Horse”, “You Belong with Me”, “Fifteen” and “Fearless”. The album peaked at Number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and has since sold over 8.6 million copies worldwide. Fearless also marked her successful crossover to mainstream music, which brought her worldwide fame.
She became the first country music artist to ever win an MTV Video Music Award for “You Belong with Me” in the Best Female Video category. She also won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Country Album, Best Country Song for “White Horse” and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. For this victory, she became the youngest artist to win the coveted Album of the Year award.
Continued Musical Success, Venture into Acting and Plastic Surgery Rumors
Her third studio album, Speak Now, was released in October 2010. The album received positive reviews from critics, with the hit singles “Mine”, “Back to December”, “Mean”, “The Story of Us”, “Sparks Fly” and “Ours”, enjoying commercial success as well.
Two years after, she released her fourth studio album, Red. The album’s lead single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, reached atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other songs that were released include “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “22”, “Everything Has Changed” and “The Last Time”.
Swift also made cameo appearances in 2009’s Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and Hannah Montana: The Movie. She then made her film debut with Valentine’s Day. In 2012, she lent her voice for the role of Audrey in The Lorax.
The time she got into television and film, the singer sparked rumors of plastic surgery after she was spotted with a seemingly larger breasts. Swift was known for being flat-chested so when onlookers saw her with a more prominent bosom, reports of breast augmentation flooded the internet and tabloids.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn said that Swift may be following country singer Dolly Parton’s footsteps, implying of the young singer’s possible breast implants. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Fleming seemed to agree with such claims, saying: “I think it’s pretty obvious that’s she’s had breast enhancement. It looks very nice and proportional.”