The Subtle But Powerful Detail Many Missed On TIME’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Cover
Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd
are part of the ‘The Silence Breakers’, the group that graces the cover of TIME
magazine’s 2017 ‘Person of The Year
’ issue. What many might not have noticed is that the cover also features the elbow of another woman whose identity is not revealed.
“The image you
see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to, a hospital worker from the middle of the country, who doesn’t feel that she can come forward without threatening her own livelihood,” TIME
editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said on Today
The woman who
was cropped out of the cover is a young hospital worker from Texas who had decided to tell her story anonymously, in order to protect her family’s livelihood.
She decided to
share her experience with sexual harassment “as an act of solidarity to represent all those who could not speak out.” Her inclusion on the cover as an undisclosed identity represents the many voices who are afraid to come forward with their own stories.
Charlotte Alter, TIME’s
national correspondent, also told BuzzFeed
that the inclusion of the elbow was “very intentional.”
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of this story we’re trying to tell here is that as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the ‘#MeToo’ movement, it’s still really difficult for a lot of people to come forward.”
, opening image via TIME