Taylor Swift named Time’s Magazine 2023 ‘Person of the Year’
Taylor Swift is ending her year with another success: The pop superstar was named Time magazine’s 2023 “Person of the Year”, beating out Barbie and King Charles III. Time said Swift was selected because she found a way to give people around the world hope in some seriously dark times.
The magazine also interviewed Taylor Swift and she said “This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been.”
Taylor Swift is one of the most influential and successful artists of our time. She has sold over 200 million records worldwide, won 11 Grammy Awards, and headlined the highest-grossing U.S. tour in history. But she is also one of the most courageous and outspoken advocates for women's rights and dignity.
Swift's bravery and honesty were on display in August 2023, when she testified in court against a former radio DJ who had groped her during a photo op in 2013. Swift reported the incident to his employer, who fired him. He then sued Swift for defamation, seeking $3 million in damages. Swift countersued for a symbolic $1—and won.
Swift's testimony was powerful and unapologetic. She refused to be blamed or shamed for the assault. She refused to be intimidated or silenced by the DJ's lawyer, who tried to undermine her credibility and character. She refused to let the DJ get away with his actions. She stood up for herself and for all the women who have experienced similar violations.
Swift's victory was not only a legal one, but also a cultural one. She inspired millions of women and girls to speak out about their own experiences of harassment and abuse. She showed them that they are not alone, that they are not at fault, and that they deserve justice and respect. She also showed them that they have a voice, a voice that can be heard and can make a difference.
Swift is not new to using her voice for good. She has been vocal about various social issues, such as LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, voting rights, and climate change. She has also donated millions of dollars to various causes, such as education, health, disaster relief, and arts. She has also supported and mentored many young and emerging artists, especially women.
Swift is a role model for many people, not only for her talent and success, but also for her integrity and generosity. She is a leader, a trailblazer, and a changemaker. She is a person of the year, and a person of the decade.
Taylor Swift would also be my personal choice if I have to select Be Global Fashion Network's person of the year.
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