Time has unveiled its list of the 100 most influential people of 2021 and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are on the cover of the magazine’s print issue.
The list is divided into six categories: Icons, Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, Innovators. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were listed in the “Icons” category.
In a profile on Harry and Meghan, who moved to the United States last year after stepping down from their official roles in the Royal Family, Chief Jose Andres spoke of the motivation behind them both.
“When Prince Harry was an Apache helicopter gunner in the British Army in 2013, he was conducting a now viral interview when a loud bang sounded.” With a quick movement, he stands up, snatches his microphone and runs towards action, “Andrés writes.
“That same sense of urgency drives Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, who has long been an active humanitarian and a staunch advocate for women and girls around the world,” Andres continued.
Since they found each other, married and moved to California, the couple have founded Archewell, which has a production, audio and charity branch. “They don’t just voice their opinion. They run towards the fight,” writes Andres.
Country legend Dolly Parton, tennis star Naomi Osaka and siblings Muna and Mohammed el Kurd, both Palestinian activists, join the couple in the “Icon” category.
Britney Spears, who has made waves this year as she took legal action to end her 13-year guardianship, is also on the list, with a profile of Paris Hilton. “When most people think of Britney Spears, they think of Superstar Britney. She’s iconic. A legend. One of the most influential artists in pop music history,” writes Hilton.
“When I think of Britney Spears, I see the sweetest soul. A mother. A friend. A fighter. A young woman who grew up in the tabloid culture of the 2000s, when the paparazzi machine was accepted, ruthless and cruel, ”she said. keep on going.
Dozens of other powerful figures fill the pages of Time’s influential annual article. Singer Billie Eilish, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump and US team Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee were placed in the “Pioneers” category.
Lee’s teammate Simone Biles has reached the ‘Titans’ category, after competing and then retiring from some events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Biles – known as ‘GOAT’ or greater of All Time – received praise for prioritizing his sanity and deciding it was best to take a step back from the competition.
Biles is joined on the list by writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beats, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Olympic runner Allyson Felix.
Actress Kate Winslet, singer and rapper Bad Bunny, and Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao were on the “Artist” list.
Singer Lil Nas X and “Saturday Night Live” actor Bowen Yang, who shamelessly themselves represent the LGBTQ community in their respective fields, are also on the list.
Several world leaders and politicians, including US President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were on the “leaders” list. US Vice President Kamala Harris, the country’s first woman, Black and Asian Vice President, was also honored.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney, one of the few Republican leaders who spoke openly about the Jan.6 uprising and is now on the committee to investigate the attack, is also on this list, as is the Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a voting right defended and credited with influencing the state’s record turnout in the 2020 presidential election.
The list of “Innovators” includes Elon Musk, founder of Space X and Tesla, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, and John Nkengasong, senior director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sharing a spot on the list are women from three generations of the same family – Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris, the hosts of “Red Table Talk”.