Wednesday evening saw TIME magazine unveil its annual TIME 100 list which covers an eclectic array of influential leaders, artists, pioneers, icons and titans. In measuring influence, the magazine notes it looks at the various methods in which influence can be looked upon including social sites’ likes, google and Twitter mentions, records shut either in the court –Naomi Osaka, or on the runway –Chrissy Teigen.
Being its 16th year, TIME assigns friends and colleagues to write about the 100 people who make it to the list.
What however shocked many this year is there were no rappers who cracked the list this year with rappers Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper and Childish Gambino in previous years.
With her ten-year TV debut on popular series, Grey’s Anatomy, Sandra Oh has been the classic epitome of diversity in TV by representing the Asian community in Hollywood. The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes says, ‘The power of her talented presence makes space for others’.
Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen’s renowned huge following on her social sites, Emilia Clarke’s impeccable acting as Khaleesi in Game of Thrones and Brie Larson, who plays Marvel’s first female superhero character also made the list.
Actress Gal Gadot wrote an outstanding speech for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson describing him as the kind of person who will ‘go above and beyond to make sure he gives 100% every single day’. ‘CBS This Morning’ host Gayle King also got recognition thanks to her high-profile interviews including R. Kelly’s first TV appearance since ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ in January.
Beyoncé said she was so grateful that her children got to live in a world where Michelle Obama was a beacon of hope. Obama has been recognized as an icon for her efforts and influence in the world through tremendous works she did –and still does-when she was the first lady.
Ariana Grande, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Ozuna and BTS are the only music artists represented in the list this year.
Of the 100, Liverpool striker Mo Salah, US speaker Nancy Pelosi, artist Taylor Swift, actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson; and Gayle King got their own covers.
— TIME (@TIME) April 17, 2019
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