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'Secret Message' Hidden On Time's Person Of The Year (Photos)

'Secret Message' Hidden On Time's Person Of The Year (Photos) Promo Image

Time magazine has as named "The Silence Breakers" -- the women behind the #MeToo movement -- as its Person of the Year for 2017. 

The announcement was made Dec. 6 on the "Today" show by the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal, reports the Daily Mail.

"This is the fastest moving social change we've seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women -- and some men too -- who came forward to tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault," Felsenthal said. 

President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping were runner-up and third place, respectively.

Trump's second-place finish is ironic, considering he has been accused of sexual harassment by numerous women. Also ironic is the setting for the announcement being the "Today" show, whose longtime co-host Matt Lauer was recently fired due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

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The cover of the magazine features actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and Isabel Pascual, who is a strawberry picker and an immigrant from Mexico whose name was changed to protect her identity, notes Time magazine. 

But there's also a sixth person on the lower right-hand corner of the cover, but only her arm is visible. 

The arm belongs to an anonymous hospital worker from Texas who chose to remain anonymous because she is a sexual harassment victim who fears that disclosing her identity would negatively impact her family.

The inclusion of the anonymous woman represents a "secret message," according to Inquisitr.

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"That's very intentional," Time national correspondent Charlotte Alter said during an appearance on "BuzzFeed's AM to DM" show.

"She is faceless on the cover and remains nameless inside Time's red borders, but her appearance is an act of solidarity, representing all those who are not yet able to come forward and reveal their identities," Alter explained. "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."

Other accusers featured in the magazine -- and who remain anonymous -- were photographed facing away from the camera.

The worker told Time she couldn't stop wondering whether she could have prevented what happened to her.

"I thought, What just happened?" she said. "Why didn't I react? I kept thinking, Did I do something, did I say something, did I look a certain way to make him think that was OK?"

Sources: Daily Mail, Time, Inquisitr / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Time via Daily Mail, Today via Daily Mail 

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