Pictured: Taylor Swift as a rosy cheeked schoolgirl with cornrows… years before she was famous
19:23 GMT, 16 November 2012
She's come a long way since storming Nashville at the age of fourteen – intent to tackle the music industry.
But years before she became Sony Music's youngest ever songwriter, and in 2006, released her critically-acclaimed debut album, Taylor Swift was just like any other grade school student.
The blonde starlet is pictured in what appears to be a yearbook photo, wearing a rosy complexion and a charmingly imperfect smile, her hair wrung back in corn rows.
Now and then: Taylor Swift, left, as a grade school student, and right, at the 19th MTV Europe Music Awards, in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11
Pictured performing at the MTV
European Music Awards in Frankfurt on November 11, Swift, 22, was barely
recognisable from that bare-faced school girl.
A decade on she is commanding the
world's most coveted stages, wielding her red microphone in packed
arenas and belting out her girl anthems in front of teams
of backing dancers and pyrotechnic displays.
All grown up: Swift, 22, wore an elegant cream, sheer paneled gown, and her golden mane waved around her shoulders
Swift was the big winner of the ceremony last week, walking off with gongs for Best Female Act, Best Live Act and Best Look.
She closed the event with a
show-stopping performance of her hit We Are Never Getting Back Together,
dressed as a circus ringmaster; the character, perhaps poignant as she comes into her own with new album, Red.
Swift recently admitted she was 'never convinced' she was going to make it in the music industry.
She told NPR: 'I look back – my mom and I reminisce about this all the time because we had no idea what we were doing.
Commanding the stage: Swift performed at the MTV EMA's dressed as a ring master
'My parents bought books on what the
music industry was like. They had no idea what the music industry
entailed and what was involved with it,' she said.
'[Something that was] said to me
early on was, “Teenagers don't listen to country music. That's not the
audience. The audience is a 35-year-old housewife… How are you going
to relate to those women when you're 16 years old You should come back
when you're in your 20s.”'
Swift clearly didn't listen to the
logic, and kept pressing forward – although she admits a piece of her
younger self, lacking confidence but fueled with ambition, still
'My confidence is easy to shake,' she explained.
'I am very well aware of all of my
flaws. I am aware of all the insecurities that I have. I have a lot of
voices in my head constantly telling me I can't do it. I've dealt with
that my whole life.'