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'The Silence Breakers' are Time's Person of the Year

'The Silence Breakers' are Time's Person of the Year

Time's list of "Silence Breakers" includes big names like Rose McGowan and Terry Crews alongside names the public has likely never heard.

On its website, Time says: "The people who have broken their silence on sexual assault and harassment span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe". "This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight", TIME's Person of the Year profile read.

Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover on Wednesday morning's TODAY show, which features actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face is obscured, meant to represent the women who haven't yet come forward.

The shortlist for the honor was revealed Monday morning on the Today show. He said last month that he was turning the honor down, tweeting that Time "called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named" person of the year, if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot.

Their stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, which cost major figures like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein their jobs, sparked the #MeToo movement that's changed workplaces in industries across the world.

Sierra Leone auctions off "peace diamond" for US$6.5 million
Before the year closes, Graff Diamond's chairman, Laurence Graff, has added another significant stone to its portfolio. Officials said they also hoped the sale will help combat the West African country's illicit diamond trade.

"The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year", Felsenthal said Wednesday.

The magazine nominated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump has nicknamed "Little Rocket Man" and who has overseen ballistic missile tests that have raised fears of a nuclear confrontation.

The final decision comes weeks after Trump - who was named Person of the Year in 2016 - said that he "took a pass" on being named again in 2017.

Since 1927, TIME has bestowed its Person of the Year title upon an individual or group of people who the magazine's editors believe have most influenced news and events of the past year, "for good or ill". Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct but has denied any wrongdoing. The undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the country as children, are at risk of deportation if the government's Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program ends next year.


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