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Taylor Swift makes history as TIME's two-time Person of the Year 2023

The trailblazing artist breaks records with dual recognition, leading the charge for influential women


In a historic achievement, Taylor Swift has been named TIME's Person of the Year for 2023, marking her second appearance on the prestigious cover since 2017. Swift's initial recognition was for her role as a Silence Breaker, inspiring women to speak out against sexual misconduct. This latest honor, a franchise first, acknowledges her unparalleled achievements in the arts. Not only is she the first woman to receive the accolade more than once, but she joins a select group of repeat designees that includes U.S. presidents and world leaders.

The TIME Person of the Year, formerly "Man of the Year," underwent a notable transformation in 1999 to be more inclusive. Historically leaning male, Swift's dual recognition further breaks barriers, challenging the traditional choices of global leaders and CEOs. This milestone follows a pattern of increasing acknowledgment of influential women, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel being the first woman named Person of the Year in nearly 30 years in 2015, followed by environmental activist Greta Thunberg in 2019. In 2020, TIME dedicated 89 covers to spotlight influential women previously overshadowed. Swift's latest feat adds another chapter to her record-breaking career.

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