See Who Made Time’s 100 Most Influential People List, Including Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Taylor Swift
Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest celebs, actors and musicians of our time are also recognized as the most influential people in the world (according to TIME, at least).
They’re “titans, pioneers, artists, icons and leaders who are shaping the future.” See who made TIME’s 100 Most Influential People:
Kanye West leads the pack of “Titans.” Heavyweight entrepreneur and engineer Elon Musk calls the “Only One” rapper a “pop-culture juggernaut” with a platform to get people “to engage, question, push boundaries.” And “he’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process.” Ultimately, West is not concerned about having a legacy and cares more about what he can do with his voice.
Watch him speak about his mother, learning how to produce music, and compare his mission to that of school teachers and police officers in the video below:
Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way, Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness. But she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings—shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch—have also expanded the very definition of family.
The Kardashians are a totally modern construct. They are a blended family, of Armenian descent, with biracial pairings (Kim is married to Kanye West) and a reportedly transgender parent. They work hard, and they stick together through thick and thin.
…Are they indeed today’s Brady Bunch?
Actress Mariska Hargitay calls Swift a “pop phenomenon” with “megawatt talent, an extraordinary spirit, an impossibly charming blend of impishness, poise and radiance to spare.”
Reese is an artist, but she is also a hustler, a quality I recognized in her the first time I met her. She’s impatient that Hollywood won’t generate the kind of quality roles she wants to play, so she creates quality roles by creating quality movies. That resourcefulness is what makes her someone I not only admire, but someone who inspires me. And that is influence.
14-year-old Jazz Jennings calls Cox “a pioneer for our community.” She writes, “Not all trans kids are so lucky. And for them, having someone as visible and strong as Laverne Cox to look up to is inspiring. She’s done so many amazing things—not just acting on Orange Is the New Black but also loving herself enough to share her story with the world.”
Furthermore, TIME’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs writes, “We tell 100 stories of individual influence. But taken together, these stories are an anthem to interaction, the convergence that occurs when you harmonize a good idea.”