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People Magazine has announced its “2019 People of the Year” and gone with four of the most famous women in the world—Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Aniston. That’s definitely more star power than can be contained in a single cover. The interviews with the world-famous cover stars all detail each lady’s successful year and why the past 12 months have been such an important time in their careers and personal lives.

JENNIFER LOPEZ

Lopez has been a triple (quadruple? quintuple?) threat in the entertainment industry for decades, but not since her turn as the late singer Selena Quintanilla in 1997 has the dancer-turned-singer-turned-actor received such wild praise for a role. Starring in and producing Hustlers, Lopez took on the role of an exotic dancer who orchestrates a plan to steal money from her wealthy Wall Street clients, with the real-life story opening at TIFF and generating Oscar buzz. The age-defying entertainer also celebrated her 50th birthday this year and got engaged to boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, with Lopez telling People that the pair, who each have two children, aren’t ruling out adding to their family. “I want to! I don’t know that it’s in God’s plan, but I would like to try. I’m so open to it,” said Lopez, who added that meeting Rodriguez came at a time when she had finally found peace.

“One of my biggest fears growing up was that I would be alone. I grew up sleeping with my sisters in bed. I got into some relationships for the wrong reasons because I didn’t like being alone. That was a big journey for me. When I really figured out you don’t need anybody to complete you and you can be happy on your own, the shift happened, [and] all of a sudden I wasn’t alone. You actually do find that person.”

MICHELLE OBAMA

Michelle Obama’s 2019 made eight years in the White House look like a vacation. The Harvard-educated lawyer released her memoir Becoming at the end of the 2018 and spent the last year selling out stadiums (again, that’s STADIUMS) on her book tour, which included guest appearances from Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and Oprah Winfrey. Thankfully, she’s not done inspiring millions. “I suffer no illusion that I’ve reached any mountaintop—and really, I hope I never do,” Obama told People. “Accolades and accomplishments are nice, but I try not to let those be my metrics of success.”

 

JENNIFER ANISTON

Your favourite friend broke Instagram in 2019 and all she had to do was post a pic with her pals. The movie star returned to her TV roots this year on The Morning Show, starring opposite Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, but that’s not her only project on the go. She’s been coy about a possible Friends reunion, but one thing Aniston is clear about is her attitude towards aging. Like Lopez, Aniston also turned 50 in 2019 and says that society’s views on getting older need to catch up to reality. “I don’t feel 50,” Aniston told People. “I don’t know what that’s supposed to feel or look like. I know what society has painted it as and what narrative we put around it but none of that applies to myself in terms of how I feel about it.”

TAYLOR SWIFT

Taylor Swift has made no secret that 2019 has held some of the best and worst times in her life. From releasing her Grammy-nominated seventh studio album Lover and making amends with Katy Perry (high) to her ongoing battle with her old label Big Machine Records and Scooter Braun (low), Swift’s professional life has been playig out on the public stage. That doesn’t include her private highs and lows, including her mother’s ongoing battle with cancer and Swift’s relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn, which thankfully appears to be going strong. Swift is preparing to turn 30 and star in the new film adaptation of Cats, but even with her packed scheduled, she told People that she’s still found time to read. Specifically, Demi Moore’s recently released autobiography. “I couldn’t put it down,” saoid Swift. “She was punished ruthlessly for being the highest-paid actress, and I feel like she’s getting the last laugh.”

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