“There are two ways you can go with pain: You can let it destroy you or you can use it as fuel to drive you; to dream bigger & to work harder.” ― Taylor Swift

I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don’t really feel like taking them off. It’s not an urge I have. For me “risky” is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That’s putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off.

ACM Awards: 2012-2014

Taylor Swift talking to a little boy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Taylor presenting the award for Vocal Duo at the 2014 ACM Awards

Taylor Swift arrives at the 2014 ACM awards

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  • On September 21, 2007, Taylor Swift launched a campaign to protect children from online predators. Taylor has teamed up with Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to combat internet sex crimes
  • Taylor Swift donated $100,000 to the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to help the victims of the Iowa flood of 2008.
  • Swift opposes LGBT discrimination. Following the 2008 murder of Larry King, she recorded a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network PSA to combat hate crimes.
  • She showed her support to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal by joining the line-up at Sydney’s Sound Relief concert.
  • She donated her prom dress, which raised $1,200 for charity, to DonateMyDress.org.
  • In 2009 she performed on BBC’s Children in Need concert and donated £13,000 to the cause.
  • In 2009, Taylor donated $250,000 to various schools around the country that she had either attended or had other associations with. The money was used to buy books, fund educational programs and help pay teachers’ salaries.
  • In response to the May 2010 Tennessee floods, Taylor donated $500,000 during a flood relief telethon hosted by WSMV, a Nashville television station.
  •  In 2010, she donated $75,000 to Nashville’s Hendersonville High School to help refurbish the school auditorium’s sound and lighting systems.
  • On May 23, 2011, she performed a benefit concert for victims of recent tornadoes in the United States southeast region. The concert raised more than $750,000. In July 2011, she donated $250,000 to Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s charity Nick’s Kids to aid in the tornado relief efforts of West Alabama.
  • Taylor Swift once donated a signed guitar for the silent auction at a Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Dinner.
  • She opened up her last dress rehearsal for her Speak Now World Tour for the fans. The event served as a fundraiser to benefit victims of recent deadly tornadoes in the Southeast and raised over $750,000.
  • Taylor Swift won the Big Help Award at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, presented by First Lady, Michelle Obama.
  • In 2012, she partnered with textbook rental company Chegg to donate $60,000 to the music departments of six US colleges.
  • In 2012, Swift participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, performing “Ronan”, a song she wrote in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma.
  • Taylor was the youngest person ever to receive the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work, for donating $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum, and for her work with children who have cancer. 
  • She headlined an event in London (Winter Whites Gala) for an organization known as Centrepoint for kids who experience homelessness.
  • Taylor face-timed 8 year old girl Delaney “Laney” Brown before she passed away on Christmas morning. Laney was suffering from leukemia and one of the wishes on her bucket list was to have the opportunity to talk to her favorite star, Taylor Swift.
  • In September  2013, she met 7 year old Grace Markel who wanted to meet Taylor after an accident that left her badly injured.
  • Taylor Swift celebrated her 24th birthday by donating $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony.
  • Taylor was named the most charitable celebrity of 2013 for the second year in a row by the nonprofit organization Do Something.