For the first time ever, Taylor Swift has made Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women.
“Really? For the first time?” Yeah, we’re thinking it too. How powerful do you have to be to make the list?
Regardless, a big congratulations to America’s country-pop darling, Taylor Swift. She made her debut on the Forbes list at No. 64 and is the youngest woman out of the entire list. She’s ranked alongside other entertainers, musicians, politicians, businesswomen and philanthropists. Not bad company to be in.
Every year, Forbes calculates the rankings based on impact, media attention, money and impact. With the release of Swift’s first official pop album, 1989, there’s no doubt that this was the Year of Taylor.
Elevating her into the prestigious ranks was the sale of over 3.5 million units of 1989, something nearly unheard of in today’s music market. 1989 was in fact, one of only three other albums to be certified platinum in 2014.
Taylor is also a generous philanthropist, and proceeds from the sale of her single “Welcome to new York” went toward the New York School system.
The singer ranks 25th for money earned, 23rd for press and an amazing 5th for social influence. For someone with 58 million twitter followers, that’s a well-deserved ranking.
What’s really made an impact on her ranking this year is that Taylor Swift has been evolving as an artist and as an individual. The release of her first-ever pop album, the move away from Nashville and country music and into New York, and the fact that she identifies as a feminist who isn’t afraid of being disliked, has made her all the more respected and popular. Not to mention, can we just say that Tay Tay has managed to avoid any, like any bad PR over the course of her entire career? She’s basically superwoman.
Taylor joins the ranks with other influential women in the entertainment world: Oprah, Shakira, Beyonce, and Ellen DeGeneres.