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Oprah Reveals Why Taylor Swift Brings Her to Tears

More than any celebrity in our lifetime, Oprah Winfrey has harnessed her fame and wealth for good, giving back to the less fortunate, and providing women everywhere with a positive role model. Now that Winfrey is partially out of the spotlight, preferring more behind-the-scenes responsibilities with her television network, it looks as though she has anointed her predecessor—the one celebrity who could impact as many millions of women as positively as she has.

That person: Taylor Swift, gifted songstress, charitable human, former Vanity Fair cover star, and captain of the world’s foremost girl squad. While Winfrey was recently speaking to press in Australia, the media empress remarked on Swift, who has managed to navigate her worldwide fame with tremendous grace and class, at only 25 years old.

Oprah isn’t just impressed by Swift within the parameters of being a famous millennial, however, but as a female.

"I've never seen any woman handle herself the way she does," Winfrey told Australia's Herald Sun. Winfrey, familiar with the stresses of international fame, added, "She makes my eyes water, the way she handles herself."

"She manages the whole fame trip, what it means to be in the spotlight," Winfrey elaborated. "So when you think about all the things going wrong the world she is the true great role model."

According to The Daily Telegraph, the two will unite within the next few weeks, as Oprah was reportedly invited to Swift's forthcoming 26th birthday party along with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, and Hugh Jackman. Per the paper, Swift is "said to have chosen Queensland's Hamilton Island — where she will be located for Nova's hotly anticipated Red Room event — as the backdrop for her big bash because of its privacy and seclusion from paparazzi."

Listen to Winfrey reveals how the books of Maya Angelou and Alice Walker influenced her as a child to value herself as a strong female. Watch her full MAKERS profile here.

We look forward to the Instagrams!

Watch Winfrey's exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.

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