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TIME 100 2015 Taylor Swift
Martin Schoeller for TIME

Taylor Swift

Apr 15, 2015

Taylor Swift: megawatt talent, an extraordinary spirit, an impossibly charming blend of impishness, poise and radiance to spare. All of it combines to rock me back on my heels every time I see her. Both literally and figuratively, she’s a woman who writes her own songs. That makes for music that’s personal, of the moment and impossible to resist.

I’m amazed at how much earned wisdom Taylor threads into her work. She seems tuned in to the greater good, and she embraces—thoughtfully and authentically—the chance to contribute to the world. I’m always trying to find the best words to talk to my kids (and myself) about growing up, but you can’t top her beautifully articulated advice. The haters are gonna hate, but, well, shake it off. She illuminates our inner music that lets us dance to our own beat.[time-related-module]

Along with her staggering list of accomplishments, perhaps the most exciting thing about Taylor is that she’s just getting started with what she plans to mine from her fierce, curious, boundlessly talented and beautiful heart.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that she named her cat after me.

Hargitay, an actor and activist, stars as Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU

PHOTOS: See Taylor Swift Over the Years

2006 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals
Taylor Swift arrives at the 2006 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.John Shearer—WireImage/Getty Images
2006 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals
2007 CMT Music Awards - Red Carpet
42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
2008 ACM New Artists Party For A Cause
Taylor Swift and Michelle Williams Visit MTV's "TRL" - June 16, 2008
The 42nd Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals
CNN Heroes "An All-Star Tribute" 2008
Saturday Night Live
The Brit Awards 2009 - Arrivals
44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards All-Star Jam
Taylor Swift in Concert
2009 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
The 43rd Annual CMA Awards - Show
The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show
Taylor Swift drops one of her awards dur
Taylor Swift 13 hours on the 13th. & some songs
Grand Ole Opry 85th Birthday Bash
44th Annual CMA Awards - Show
taylor Swift attends the 'Alexander McQu
2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Show
BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards - Show
BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards - Show
Taylor Swift Switches On Westfield London Christmas Lights
26th Annual ARIA Awards 2012 - Arrivals
26th Annual ARIA Awards 2012 - Show
KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2012 - Night 1 - Show
Taylor Swift At Gillette Stadium
2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Show
Taylor Swift Lives In Shanghai
2014 American Music Awards - Show
2014 American Music Awards - Roaming Show
The Voice - Season 7
2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Show
KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014  Powered by LINE  - Show
Taylor Swift arrives at the 2006 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee
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