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Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd are among the women who feature on the front cover of TIME magazine’s person of the year issue – and now it has been revealed why there is also an anonymous elbow on the cover.

Former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler, California lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual also all appear on the cover, as does a sixth woman whose face appears to have been cut off.

That however was one on purpose, with TIME national correspondent Charlotte Alter revealing on Wednesday that the sixth woman is a hospital worker ‘who is a hospital worker who was experiencing harassment and didn’t feel that she could come forward’.

>>> The meaning behind the anonymous elbow on TIME's People Of The Year cover
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‘A huge part of this story is that, as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the Me Too movement, it’s still really difficult for a lot of women to come forward,’ Alter said Buzzfeed’s morning show.


‘It’s important to include people who have to stay anonymous for professional reasons, who don’t have the resources to weather what would happen if they lost their job or they couldn’t support their families. So we wanted to include people where, to really reference the risk that these women are taking by speaking out about this.’

>>> The meaning behind the anonymous elbow on TIME's People Of The Year cover
Taylor Swift was named a Silence Breaker (Picture: TIME)

The group were named ‘The Silence Breakers’ by TIME, winning their coveted Person of the Year accolade.

Amidst the people named in the piece are celebrities who sparked the #MeToo movement, including Judd was the first person to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, sparking The New York Times’ expose on the shamed producer.

>>> The meaning behind the anonymous elbow on TIME's People Of The Year cover
Rose McGowan (Picture: TIME)

Ashley’s brave confession was a turning point in Hollywood, causing over 80 people to come out against Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who accused him of rape; McGowan is also part of the group named by Time.

Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Selma Blair, Alyssa Milano, and Terry Crews have all also been named, while the profile also features housekeepers, professors, senators, journalists, strawberry pickers, entrepreneurs, dishwashers, hotel staff, activists and professors in the jaw-dropping piece.

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