21 Taylor Swift Throwback Photos: Remember When...

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As you might have guessed from her upbeat music and bubbly personality, Taylor Swift is not one of those artists with a dark past and a closet full of skeletons.

In fact, you couldn't make-up such an idyllic childhood:

Taylor grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania (seriously). Her father was a successful banker, and her mother retired from mutual fund marketing in order to be a stay-at-home mom.

Really, it's the kind of upbringing that could make you hate Taylor, if she weren't so darn lovable.

Sure, there are those who have taken issue with the version of Taylor's past that's been presented to the press, claiming that all was not as perfect as the Swift family has claimed, but so far, no lies have been exposed.

Frankly, we don't know what to believe. It seems almost impossible that any family could be this insanely happy, but looking at these pics from Taylor's childhood, it's difficult to imagine that she ever had a bad day:

 

1. Taylor Swift Baby Photo

Taylor Swift Baby Photo
Taylor was born on December 13, 1989. Hard to believe, but in this pic, she's just 17 years away from her first hit single.

2. Taylor as a Toddler

Taylor as a Toddler
Here's Taylor playing with a toy phone at age 4. Given the staggering size of her girl squad, we're guessing she still spends much of the day with a phone pressed to her ear.

3. Taylor and Austin Swift

Taylor and Austin Swift
Taylor and her younger brother Austin. These days, he often accompanies her to A-list Hollywood events.

4. Taylor in Black and White

Taylor in Black and White
Taylor says she got into country music at a young age. She cites Shania Twain as an early favorite.

5. Taylor Swift: Soccer Star

Taylor Swift: Soccer Star
Taylor played soccer growing up because of course she did. Here she is posing for her team photo in grade school.

6. Taylor Swift and Her Mom

Taylor Swift and Her Mom
Taylor says her mom, Andrea, is one of the biggest influences in her life. Check out the major family resemblance here.

7. Taylor Swift Rocks Out

Taylor Swift Rocks Out
Taylor took an interest in music at a young age. Here she is busting out a drum solo at school.

8. Taylor Sings the National Anthem

Taylor Sings the National Anthem
At age 11, Taylor sang the national anthem at an NBA game. Like we said, she didn't waste any time when it came to her career.

9. Taylor in a Wedding Dress

Taylor in a Wedding Dress
Hey, did you know Taylor is divorced? Just kidding! The get-up was for a school play.

10. Taylor's First Head Shot

Taylor's First Head Shot
Taylor's parents started helping her with her career at a young age. They had professional head shots taken while she was still in middle school, and later moved to Nashville to help her pursue her love of country music.

11. Taylor Swift: Early Promo pic.

Taylor Swift: Early Promo pic.
Taylor in the early days of her career. She already seems to exude confidence.

12. Taylor and Her Guitar

Taylor and Her Guitar
Taylor started taking guitar seriously while still in middle school. She says music made her feel like less of an "outsider."

13. Taylor Swift is Blonde

Taylor Swift is Blonde
Taylor in her teen years. We feel like the shirt is a bit redundant.

14. Taylor Swift at Prom

Taylor Swift at Prom
Taylor taking off for the prom. Yes, she and her date are rich, suburban white kids throwing up gang signs. We've all done some embarrassing things in our pasts.

15. Taylor Gets Ready For Prom

Taylor Gets Ready For Prom
Another promo pic. This one is considerably less embarrassing than the last.

16. Taylor Swift: Abercrombie Model

Taylor Swift: Abercrombie Model
Taylor modeled for Abercrombie and Fitch before she hit it big in music. If you were a young white girl in the early 2000s, this was also known as "living the dream."

17. Taylor's First Magazine

Taylor's First Magazine
One of Tay-Tay's first magazine shoots. She might still be embarrassed by her curls, as she keeps her locks pretty straight these days.

18. Her First Album!

Her First Album!
We're back in 2006 for this album cover, courtesy of Taylor's first-ever album, "Taylor Swift."

19. Her Second Album!

Her Second Album!
This is the cover of the 2008 release, "Fearless."

20. Her Third Album!

Her Third Album!
Remember "Speak Now" from 2010? What a great record.

21. Her Fourth Album!

Her Fourth Album!
Swift released "Red" in 2012, continuing to ride a wave of incredible success.

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