Taylor Swift’s life-sized cardboard cut-out became a popular fixture in Cornbrook, England. The cutout has been on display at an apartment building since 2017. The apartment owner, Red Redmond is now switching places and will be auctioning the ‘Tram Taylor’ for charity in memory of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey, a transgender girl who was murdered in Culcheth Linear Park. Proceeds for the sale will go to Mermaids, a British charity and advocacy organization that supports gender variant and transgender youth.
Redmond spoke about Ghey’s death and mentioned how it had a “big impact” on them, which is why he decided to auction the cutout. Swift has not responded to the auction but she is known for responding to her fans. Last week, a seven-year-old fan named Bella sent Swift a letter during The Eras tour stop in Las Vegas. Her mother, Gina Lanzino, spoke about the situation in a TikTok video. When they reached the venue, Bella got to deliver her letter to Swift through an usher, and during the show, Bella received a major update from her favourite singer.
“We were about halfway through the show when some people came to our box and they were asking for Bella. I had actually forgotten about the letter by that time, and I said, ‘That’s my daughter, what’s going on?’ And they say, ‘We wanted to give this to you,’ and it was the letter Bella gave to Taylor and she [Taylor] signed it. She [Bella] did write her section number on the back, but I really didn’t ever in a million years think that this was going to get returned to her. They filmed my daughter getting the letter back because they wanted to pass it back to Taylor.”
– Riya Sohini