Taylor Swift along with Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama have all been named as PEOPLE’s ‘People of the Year.’

 

 

 

According to PEOPLE’s Editor-in-Chief, she breaks down how four, amazing women were chosen for this year’s cover, “This week we’re sending you an extra gift for the holidays: For the first time ever we are giving you four different covers in one issue. Our People of the Year issue celebrates the stars who have made an impact on our culture, the individuals who have moved us and entertained us. We wanted to see if we could soak up a little of their wisdom. When we sat down to look at who we thought deserved this honor, I wasn’t surprised that we ended up with an all-female foursome—this year has been dominated by strong women.”

 

Taylor’s 30th birthday is right around the corner and as a birthday present to herself, she’s focusing less on negativity.  Taylor tells PEOPLE, “There are certain parts of my brain that I don’t visit as often, like stressing out about my body, stressing out about being on trend, stressing out about people thinking I’m cool, stressing out about people thinking really anything about me.  You have to toss out things that don’t serve you. That’s what I think we all try to do when we’re getting older, and you just hope that you’re getting wiser too!  I’ve been told by a lot of people [your 30s] are really fun, and I’m having a really good time approaching them.”

 

 

 

Taylor told PEOPLE she found inspiration in actress Jameela Jamil, “I really love that there are advocates out there in the world being very vocal about the fact that aging is not a slow march to irrelevancy, death and decay.  Whenever I feel stress-y about things, I’ll just read some of Jameela Jamil’s quotes about body image and health and normal body weight.  She talks about how we should just be not so much body-positive, but body-neutral.  We shouldn’t be thinking about them as much as we do, and I really like that. People like that who make solid points like that make me feel more chill about life.”

 

 

Taylor also shares, “So much was made of my personal life at such a young age, I started to feel like anything that I did that wasn’t successful, like a breakup or anything that people were making such a big deal of, [would leave] such a huge mark on me that would last forever.  The more women are able to voice their discomfort in social situations, the more it becomes the social norm that people who ask the questions at parties like ‘When are you going to start a family?’ to someone as soon as they turn 25 are a little bit rude.  It’s gonna take a bit for people to catch up with that, and I understand that, but it’s good that we’re allowed to say, ‘Hey, just so you know, we’re more than incubators. You don’t have to ask that of someone just because they’re in their mid-20s and they’re a female.”

 

The new issue of PEOPLE hits stands on December 6th!

 

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