In a groundbreaking decision, TIME Magazine has crowned Taylor Swift as its 2023 Person of the Year, breaking from tradition by recognizing the influential artist for her profound impact on society, especially in validating the dreams and experiences of women who often feel overlooked.
TIME Editor-in-Chief Sam Jacobs lauded Swift for her unprecedented influence in a year that saw her transcend the conventional realms of power dominated by politicians and industry titans. Swift’s achievements in 2023, Jacobs notes, go beyond quantifiable measures, with much of her impact existing in the intangible spaces of emotion, inspiration, and empowerment.
Jacobs emphasizes Swift’s role in building a world that accommodates many, transforming her personal journey into a global legend. Swift’s commitment to acknowledging the dreams and experiences of those who feel underestimated has set her apart, marking her as a symbol of empowerment.
This year marks a historic moment for the TIME Person of the Year accolade, as Taylor Swift becomes the first figure from the arts to be recognized for her contributions to entertainment. Jacobs reflects on the significance of Swift’s selection, highlighting her ability to create joy in a society in desperate need of it.
In an exclusive interview with TIME, Swift discusses her career’s highs and lows, acknowledging the fickle nature of public opinion that has raised and lowered her on the flagpole throughout her two-decade-long journey. Despite the challenges, Swift expresses pride and happiness in her breakthrough moment at 33, emphasizing the mental toughness required to navigate the complexities of fame.
The interview delves into Swift’s transformative year, describing it as the proudest, happiest, and most creatively fulfilling period of her life. Swift opens up about her dedication to perfecting her craft, sharing insights into her rigorous training routine for The Eras Tour. From running on the treadmill, and singing the entire set list out loud to months of dance training, Swift aimed for over-rehearsal to ensure a seamless and joyful experience for her fans.
Reflecting on the seesaw of fame, Swift imparts wisdom gained through experience. She emphasizes the impermanence of success and the importance of gratitude, highlighting her commitment to continuous creativity regardless of external circumstances.
Life in the public eye has taught Swift to prioritize what matters, valuing experiences and adventures over unnecessary concerns. Swift’s evolution from self-imposed isolation to embracing trust reflects a newfound perspective on life and its fleeting nature. TIME’s CEO Jessica Sibley commended Swift’s global influence and expressed excitement about celebrating her leadership and impact at the upcoming ‘A Year in TIME’ celebration.
The recognition of Swift as Person of the Year aligns with TIME’s mission to spotlight individuals or groups shaping the world’s essential stories. In a world where traditional power dynamics are evolving, Taylor Swift’s selection as TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year sends a powerful message about the impact of artists in shaping and influencing society.
Swift’s transformative journey from a rising star to a global icon resonates not only with fans of her music but also with those inspired by her commitment to authenticity, empowerment, and continuous creativity. As Swift herself puts it, “Keep making art” a mantra that has not only defined her career but has now earned her a place in the annals of history as TIME’s Person of the Year.