Time magazine has named Silence Breakers and the #MeToo victims as its Person of the Year.
Time magazine has named Silence Breakers and the #MeToo victims as its Person of the Year.

The mystery woman on Time mag’s Person of the Year cover

With the faces of five women, including celebrities Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd, gracing the cover of Time's powerful 2017 Person of the Year issue, you could be forgiven for missing a subtle nod to a sixth.

But it's there - in the form of a velvet-clad elbow.

The Silence Breakers represents a broad range of people, mostly women, from the first public accusers of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, to those who shared their stories of abuse using the hashtag #MeToo.

Along with Swift and Judd is former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker and Mexican immigrant Isabel Pascual.

It's been revealed the faceless woman, in the lower right-hand corner of the cover, is an anonymous young hospital worker from Texas who was a victim of sexual harassment and feared that disclosing her identity would affect her family.

The worker made her harassment claim anonymously, and told TIME she remembers "vivid details" about what had happened to her.

"I thought, 'What just happened? 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?'" she said.

Explaining the Person of the Year decision on the US Today show, editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed it was about recognising "courage".

"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 own stories."