It’s that time again! (pun intended lol) TIME Magazine has released it’s annual list of the 100 most influential people. The twelfth installment of the list is included in 5 different versions of the magazine with 5 of the 100 influencers gracing the covers; one of which is Kanye West. As if Kanye needs anyone to tell him how influential he is lol, but engineer, entrepreneur and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors does exactly that in his piece about the musician in the Time 100 issue.
Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose. In his debut album, over a decade ago, Kanye issued what amounted to a social critique and a call to arms (with a beat): “We rappers is role models: we rap, we don’t think.” But Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything. And he wants everybody else to do the same: to engage, question, push boundaries. Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that. He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process. Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why.
Olympian Gold Medalist Nadia Comaneci’s piece on Misty Copeland commended the ballerina pioneer on her passion.
Like all gymnasts, I’ve done some ballet—it’s a part of our program. And people don’t realize the tremendous amount of time and work you have to put in to do the maneuvers they do. Ballerinas like Misty Copeland look so beautiful and perfect, but it takes thousands of hours of hard work to make it look that easy.
It was an honor to learn that a movie about me inspired a 7-year-old Misty to see the joy in movement. When I competed in the 1976 Olympics, no one thought that a 14-year-old from a place people couldn’t find on a map could contend. Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.
It doesn’t matter where you’re from. If you have the passion like Misty, you can be the best at what you do.
Check out the individuals covers boasting Kanye West, Bradley Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Misty Copeland, and Jorge Ramos below. For more on Time’s Top 100 click here.