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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian make Time 100 list of most influential people

Kanye West, one of the country’s 100 most influential people of the past year, according to Time.
Kanye West, one of the country’s 100 most influential people of the past year, according to Time. Time

Time magazine has released its annual list of most influential people and two names shout out for our attention: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

These are the 100 titans, icons, pioneers, artists and leaders who, according to Time, have had the most influence in shaping the past year.

Pope Francis, activist Malala Yousafzai, President Obama, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are on the list, as is a healthy sprinkling from the world of entertainment: Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson, director Lee Daniels, Kevin Hart and Chris Pratt.

Click here to see the full list.

Time invited guest contributors to wax on about the notables, having Taylor Swift, for instance, talk about Barefoot Contessa chef Ina Garten and Mindy Kaling write about Reese Witherspoon.

“In our annual TIME 100 issue, we tell 100 stories of individual influence. But taken together, these stories are an anthem to interaction, the convergence that occurs when a good idea goes viral,” said the magazine’s editor Nancy Gibbs in a statement.

“The technology that connects us also connects our worlds, of art and science and business and politics. So when we were debating whom to approach to write for this issue, we looked for people who could speak to their subject’s influence in all its dimensions.”

SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk writes about Kanye West. (Watch West’s interview below.)

“Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list,” writes Musk.

“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.”

Rather oddly, Martha Stewart was tapped to write about Kim Kardashian.

(Is this Stewart trying to be hip? She also recently helped roast Justin Bieber.)

Kim “and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings – shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch – have also expanded the very definition of family,” Stewart writes. “Despite the flamboyance, the self-aggrandizement and the self-promotion … Kim comes across as an enviable big sister in a clan where everyone seems to love one another.”

The issue that hits newsstands on Friday will include five different covers featuring West, Ginsburg, Cooper, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos.

         
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