ime magazine named US pop superstar Taylor Swift as its person of the year on Wednesday, calling the musical force of nature the “hero of her own story.”
“Taylor Swift found a way to transcend borders and be a source of light… Swift is the rare person who is both the writer and hero of her own story,” Time editor-in-chief Sam Jacobs wrote in a statement.
“Much of what Swift accomplished in 2023 exists beyond measurement. She mapped her journey and shared the results with the world: She committed to validating the dreams, feelings, and experiences of people, especially women, who felt overlooked and regularly underestimated.”
The huge $92.8 million opening earlier this year of Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” film set the tone for the “Cruel Summer” singer’s 2023.
Born in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift started writing country songs on guitar in her early teens.
Her father shifted his job in financial services to the country music capital of Nashville to allow her a chance in the industry.
After winning a growing mainstream audience for her introspective country songs, Taylor Swift switched to a thoroughly pop direction for her fifth studio album — “1989,” named after her year of birth, NDTV writes.
Swift, who was nominated in 11 categories at the MTV Video Music Awards, which annually honor the best in video and music categories, won nine awards, including the “Artist of the Year” category.
In the sexual harassment scandals that took a big place in the media in 2017, “Time” magazine chose for “Person of the Year” people who “broke their silence” and spoke about the abuse they were exposed to, and Taylor Swift is among them.
In 2021, the magazine chose Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla, SpaceX and the social media platform X, as “Person of the Year”, and in 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.