The time for this year’s highly anticipated Time 100 list has arrived.
The magazine unveiled its annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year Wednesday morning, honoring such celebrities as Tracee Ellis Ross, Steven Yeun, Youn Yuh-jung, Daniel Kaluuya and Bad Bunny.
The outlet also released its seven worldwide covers, which feature Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet, singer-songwriter Billie Eillish, director-general of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CEO of NVIDIA Jensen Huang and writer Cathy Park Hong.
Harry, who celebrates his 37th birthday today, and Meghan, who just turned 40, were praised by Time for “springing into action” and using their platform for good.
“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle,” wrote José André in a feature about the couple.
The newly-engaged Britney Spears, who had been making headlines for months amid her ongoing conservatorship battle, also made the list, and Paris Hilton wrote about why.
“Britney embodies joy and shares the light of her beautiful heart, forever the superstar. So we stand by her and root for her as she turns pain into purpose, her unwavering spirit stronger than ever,” she wrote.
Another person who made the cut was Biles, the most decorated active gymnast in the world and a survivor of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. At this year’s Tokyo Olympics, Biles drew polarized reactions when she announced she was withdrawing from the team final and the individual all-around competition because she had “to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health.”
Star tennis player Serena Williams wrote for Time that Biles “truly reflects the endless potential of Black women” and that she wishes she’d had Biles to look up to when she was young.
“Simone is a shining example of what success looks like when you let go of what the world thinks and gather your strength from yourself… from your soul,” Wiliams added.
Country music superstar Dolly Parton, who helped fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine with a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt researchers, also made the list. Her goddaughter, singer and actress Miley Cyrus, penned her tribute for Time.
“There’s a theory that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but I wish everyone had the chance to meet Dolly Parton, because she’s even better than your sparkliest dreams,” Cyrus wrote. “She may be my fairy godmother, but I think she’s that to everyone else too. I am happy to share her with the world.”
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Time 100 honoree Scarlett Johansson also had a busy 2021, welcoming her first child with “SNL” star and husband Colin Jost in August. Jamie Lee Curtis wrote the tribute for Johansson, praising not only the actress’ talent, but also her “brilliant response” in suing Disney for allegedly breaching her “Black Widow” contract.
“Whether as an assassin with a conscience, an actor with an emotional center or, having just given birth to her second child, a fierce mother, the message is clear,” Curtis wrote. “Don’t (expletive) with this mama bear.”
The print issue of the Time 100 hits newsstands Friday, and on Sept. 20 at 10 pm ET, ABC will air a television special about this year’s honorees.
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Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko