Taylor Swift, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, has entered the shortlist for the cover of Time's 2023 Person of the Year which will be announced on December 6 by the magazine and live on NBC. The pop star is in the company of other personalities on the international scene such as King Charles the Third, Fed chief Jerome Powell, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and the magistrates who are putting former US President Donald Trump on trial.
The list is unusually full of names related to entertainment: among the nine nominations, three recall the sparkle of Hollywood. In addition to Swift, which last October exceeded one billion dollars in assets and continued to accumulate records throughout the year, there are also the actors of SAG-AFTRA and the screenwriters of the WGA who, after months of strike and the total halt of film and television shooting, have torn up a new employment contract (for the actors the ratification procedure expires today) and the Barbie doll, star of Greta Gerwig's real-live film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
Last year, Time named President Volodymyr Zelensky and the "spirit of Ukraine" Person of the Year. Putin was shortlisted but was ultimately not chosen as he was in 2007. Taylor Swift had also appeared on the cover in 2017, the year of the Weinstein scandal, along with other "silence breakers" who had the courage to denounce the sexual harassment suffered.
Since 1927 - when Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic - Time has dedicated its cover at the beginning of December to the person, the group or the concept that has most marked, for better or worse, the year that has come to an end. The cover of the Person of the Year is not necessarily an honor: in 1938 it was awarded to Adolf Hitler, the following year and in 1942 to Stalin, in 1979 to Ayatollah Khomeini. Other covers went to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Martin Luther King, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and Greta Thunberg.
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