USC student taps into Taylor Swift as tribute artist

Published: May. 5, 2015 at 10:50 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2015 at 10:51 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Taylor Swift is a music icon. Millions of fans love her music and many more have fun lip synching her songs, including a Dover police officer who grooves in his patrol car while waving to passersby.

We've seen the many different "faces" of her music, but this is one you probably have not seen before.

Meet University of South Carolina student Elizabeth Scarborough. She is a graduating senior who juggles being a student with being a Taylor Swift tribute artist.

"I say that I'm a die-hard Swifty," Scarborough said.

She says she has loved Taylor Swift since she was 13 and even taught herself to play guitar first learning Swift songs. It didn't take long before this die-hard Swifty started to get noticed.

"Other people started telling me, 'Hey, you look like Taylor Swift. Does anybody ever tell you?'" Scarborough said.

Parents began calling her for birthday parties. Soon, she moved from birthday parties to the big stage performing at the famous Legends in Concert celebrity tribute shows in Myrtle Beach last summer.

"We would play two shows a day to sometimes crowds of 600 people," Scarborough said, "and that was when I first got my foot in the door."

With the signature red lips and blond curls, she taps into Swift through song, but she has yet to meet the superstar.

"I would love to meet her, yes," Scarborough said. "She's an incredible person and I think she's a great role model with a really strong message as a woman."

Scarborough isn't sure how long she'll keep performing. But for now, she's happy.

"I'm someone who loves making people happy," Scarborough said. "I'm someone who loves performing and I think, as Taylor Swift tribute artist, I can do both of those."

Although Scarborough says she's not all that interested in pursuing her own music career, she says 'never say never.'

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