Why I Hope Taylor Swift is Setting an Example for Other Young Stars

Posted 01/06/11 at 02:59PM by Audrey Fine

One look at Taylor Momsen or Miley Cyrus or any of those former "good girls gone bad" makes me shudder in my mom boots. What kind of examples are those "stars" setting for our daughters? The dumbing down and tarting up of young American girls has got to stop. That's my soapbox and I'm planted firmly atop it for at least the next 10 years. Bratz Dolls be damned!

That's why, particularly as a mom, it's nice to see that some of today's young celebrities can dress and act in appropriate ways. Take that Selena Gomez, she of Disney's "Waverly Place" and kissing Justin Bieber fame -- she could easily have embarked on the wayward route so many before her have traversed but, no, she always looks respectable, behaves well on screen and off and sets a good example. Likewise her best friend, Taylor Swift. Sure she calls out her old boyfriends' bad behaviors in her lyrics, but so what? She's well behaved, polite, you never see paparazzi pictures of her stumbling out of a nightclub and, man, can she do a designer proud.

Just take last night as an example. Even though she could've been home dripping tears onto her guitar over her recent break up with Jake Gyllenhaal, the 21-year-old Tennessee native went to the People's Choice Awards with her little brother. And guess what? She won the statue for Favorite Country Artist and took to the stage to accept her award from Johnny Depp (lucky!) wearing a stunning asymmetrical J. Mendel gown in super-flattering peach silk chiffon. (Evidently Natalie Portman wore the same one on the cover of this month's issue of "Vogue." Shhh.) Her long hair was worn up, with pretty tendrils framing a naturally made-up face with just a pop of color on her lips (courtesy of CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Flame, $6.49, or so I hear.)

But, the night wasn't over because, then, she slipped into a little black beaded number by Mark & James and headed on over to the CoverGirl 50th Birthday bash in West Hollywood to hang with all the other faces of the brand including: Ellen DeGeneres, PCA host Queen Latifah, and Drew Barrymore.

How'd she end the evening? By throwing up in the back of some limo? Nah. By expressing her gratitude. "Thank you SO much for the Peoples Choice Award! It's sitting here all sparkly in my hotel room. I love you guys," she tweeted before hitting the hay. (I read that somewhere, I'm not that much of a stalker.) And, THAT my friends, is how young starlet types should act. They should be lovely, and gracious and act appropriately just as we'd want our own daughters to, right?

What's your take on the more brassy, rambunctious stars of today? Do you think I'm too puritanical in my views? I mean, wouldn't you rather emulate (and have your kid do too) Blake Lively's look and comportment than some of those other girls'? Just asking...
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1-6 of 9 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 02:32pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 08:15pm

    You know Audrey, I think you might be my long lost twin...I always agree with you...Ha Ha...Anyways, both my husband and I love Taylor Swift. She is a refreshing breath of fresh air! Luckily, my 15 year old daughter loves her too! I'm pretty lucky!

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  • Posted by anna_davis on 11/28/11 at 02:15pm

    i loved bratz dolls xD

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/21/11 at 07:51pm

    "The dumbing down and tarting up of young American girls has got to stop." AMEN! I'm so tired of all of the trashy teen female celebs and their attention getting antics. I love Selena Gomez--she is classy, and has grown up without going wild. Emma Watson is another demure lovely young woman.

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  • Posted by lea_m_gibson on 04/21/11 at 10:37pm

    nice

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  • Posted by lea_m_gibson on 04/21/11 at 10:37pm

    nice

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