Taylor Swift Tops List of Celeb Do-Gooders & This Video Proves Why
Even if they're not always setting the best example, celebrities are idolized by teens. From fandoms on Twitter to comments on Instagram, the impact celebs have on today's youth is undeniable. Luckily, plenty of famous people harness that social power and use it for the greater good. A perfect example? Taylor Swift! The 25-year-old singer topped DoSomething.org's list of Celebs Gone Good for the third year in a row. The list was compiled by our friends at DoSomething.org—one of the largest organizations for young people and social change—and highlights stars who use their platforms to create positive change.
Here's why T. Swift got this year's honor:
2014 was a big year for Taylor Swift. She moved to New York, had a feminist awakening, dropped her country roots, released the pop album 1989, and donated all proceeds from the sale of her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools. DoSomething.org has a blank space at the top of this year’s Celebs Gone Good list, and we’ll write her name.
In case you need further proof that Taylor Swift cares, she shared this video about the gifts she surprised her fans with this holiday season!
It's heartwarming to see someone so busy take the time to make other people smile! It proves the point of our #ChoicesChallenge back in October, which focused on stopping the hate and making kindness go viral! It's so much easier to make someone's day, versus treating someone terribly online. Basically, a small gesture can go a long way.
Other celebrities who ranked in the top 20 for 2014 include Laverne Cox, Beyonce, Emma Watson, One Direction, and Miley Cyrus (who we wrote about after she shined a light on the issue of homeless teens teens during the VMAs). And believe it or not, Justin Bieber ranked as #20 for granting more than 200 wishes through the Make A Wish Foundation. That's great to hear!
For more about the impact celebrities can have, check out "#Obsessed With Fame" from the April 2014 issue of Choices, and our blog post about 2014's most influential teens. Choices is a teen health and well-being magazine published by Scholastic.