TIME Magazine has released its candidates for its 2023 “Person of the Year” and they include Chinese President Xi Jinping, American pop star Taylor Swift, and the all of the prosecutors collectively involved in indicting President Donald Trump.
The other candidates included “Barbie” (using a photo of Margot Robbie from the recent film Barbie), the recently coronated King Charles III of the United Kingdom, Hollywood employees that went on strike this year, OpenAI founder Sam Altman, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, and Taylor Swift are finalists for TIME person of the year. pic.twitter.com/HNlrTCIgVr
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) December 4, 2023
The candidates were chosen by the magazine’s editors. The “Person of the Year” title aims to reflect who had the most influence on the world that year. TIME will announce the Person of the Year on through the TODAY news channel on Dec. 6.
TIME Readers were allowed to vote on the candidates during a small window of time in early December. According to the poll results from 11,299 voters, Taylor Swift won at 43 percent, followed by Barbie at 19 percent, and Trump prosecutors at 15 percent.
TIME has named a “Person of the Year” every year since 1927, and it has included people from all walks of life—from politicians and activists to musicians and tech executives.
In 2022, they chose Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelenskyy; in 2021, they chose serial entrepreneur Elon Musk.
It is ultimately up to TIME editors to decide who will be named.
UPDATE: Taylor Swift was ultimately chosen by TIME’s editors as the person of the year, defining her as “the individual who most shaped the headlines over the previous 12 months, for better or for worse. “