"Time" just released their 100 Most Influential People list, and there were definitely some surprises
It’s that time of year again. Time revealed their 100 Most Influential People in the World list, and it always gets us thinking about the people shaping our world, our tastes, and our realities. Among just some of the names on the (unranked) list were Pope Francis, Donald Trump, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, philanthropist Melinda Gates, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Riz Ahmed, Simone Biles, Viola Davis, James Corden, Leslie Jones, and more.
Accompanying the name of each nominee was an essay written by a friend about them — usually another super famous person.
One that immediately caught our attention was Taylor Swift’s essay on her friend Ed Sheeran.
Should we relive Sheeran’s electrifying performance from the recent Grammy Awards? OKAY.
Emma Stone’s essay was written by her pal Brie Larson.
Russell Crowe wrote the essay for Leslie Jones, and here are some of his kind words:
via giphy The youngest person on the list is 17-year-old LGBTQ activist Gavin Grimm, who transitioned from female to male in high school and has been fighting to use the boys bathroom at his school in Virginia. His essay was written by Janet Mock, and she highlights the importance of his “refusal to be treated unjustly.” We’re so glad to see Grimm on this important list!
You can see the whole list here. Many of the essays are worth reading, so dive in!