Time Magazine’s Most Influential Icons: Taylor Swift.

April 16, 2015 By Jessica

Law and Order star Mariska Hartigay pens heartfelt write-up about the pop superstar’s global impact.


When it comes to the music industry in 2015, there’s Taylor Swift and there’s everybody else.

As far as her music goes, she simply cannot put a foot wrong right now, and the days of her celebrity status being constantly marred by dating scandals seems (thankfully) like a relic of the past.

Continuing her never-ending success story, Time Magazine has just released its annual Most Influential list and, in the Icons category – alongside names like Bjork and The Pope – is Taylor Swift.

Swift famously named one of her cats after Mariska Hartigay’s character Olivia Benson, and since meeting in late 2014, the two have become good friends, with Hartigay custom designing a collar for Olivia, and even suggesting Swift should cameo as a detective on the long running crime series.

Hartigay’s lovingly written sum-up of the 25 year old singer/songwriter details just what it is about Taylor that has the world captivated:

Both literally and figuratively, she’s a woman who writes her own songs. That makes for music that’s personal, of the moment and impossible to resist.

Singing the praises of the star, Hartigay believes the key to Swift’s talent is her big heart:

She seems tuned in to the greater good, and she embraces—thoughtfully and authentically—the chance to contribute to the world.

She also believes the Taylor reign is nowhere near letting up:

Along with her staggering list of accomplishments, perhaps the most exciting thing about Taylor is that she’s just getting started with what she plans to mine from her fierce, curious, boundlessly talented and beautiful heart.

Swift herself also contributed an article to Time Magazine’s list, writing about Food Network host Ina Garten.