Time unveiled its annual “100 Most Influential People” list today, and just to be among those 100 is a genuine honor. What’s an even bigger honor, though, is to be on the cover of the issue, and Taylor Swift has done just that. The magazine revealed the six cover variations for the issue today, and on them are Swift, Dwayne Johnson, Sandra Oh, Gayle King, Mohamed Salah, and Nancy Pelosi.
Shawn Mendes wrote about Swift for the issue, and he wrote about the power of both her music and her personality. He concluded his blurb, “Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that.”
A bunch of other musicians made their way onto the list as well, like Ariana Grande, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Ozuna, and BTS. Additionally, Beyonce wrote about Michelle Obama for the list.
Read Mendes’ write-up about Swift below, and find the full Time 100 list here.
“I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan for as long as I can remember. But it wasn’t until I met and got to know her that I understood how wonderful a person she truly is.
Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy. It all comes from her — her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible. She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well.
I was so lucky to be able to open for a handful of her stadium shows on the 1989 World Tour. And I quickly learned that the magic of Taylor Swift doesn’t come from the lights, dancers or fireworks (although all of that is incredible) but from the electrifying connection that she has with the people who are there to see her. There’s an overwhelming feeling in the air. The feeling of your heart racing in your chest with excitement–so much so that by the time you get to “Love Story,” all you want to do is pick up your phone and text every person you know to say how much you love them. The feeling is so thick, you feel like you could reach out and grab it to keep forever.
Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that.”