Time magazine has announced its selection for the 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Solidifying this year as a rollercoaster one for Megan Thee Stallion, the raptress is named among the “Pioneers” who make it into the list, joining NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir.
In a short article written by Taraji P. Henson about Stallion, the “Empire” actress praised the “Savage” hitmaker for her “strength through vulnerability” as she noted that the 25-year-old hip-hop star “lost much of her family-her mother, her father, her grandmother.” She also briefly mentioned the Tory Lanez shooting incident last July, that left Stallion injured in both feet.
Gushing about Stallion’s musicality, Henson wrote, “She rode the beat like I’d never heard anybody ride the beat in a long time-and I’m a hip-hop head.” She added, “There was something about this woman. Once you discover her, you become a fan.”
Selena Gomez, meanwhile, joins the list of “Artists” among the Time100 list, which also includes her ex-boyfriend The Weeknd, Michael B. Jordan, J Balvin, Jojo Siwa, Halsey, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jennifer Hudson, Yo-Yo Ma and Oscar-winning South Korean director Bong Joon Ho.
On why Gomez deserved the title, her friend and fellow actress America Ferrera said that in addition to her passion in music, the former Disney darling has used her platform for greater causes. “She launched her own beauty line, with which she’s pledged to raise $100 million over 10 years for mental-health services in underserved communities. She’s used her enormous social-media platform to encourage voting and to support Black Lives Matter,” the “Ugly Betty” alum wrote. She added, “Selena has been an outspoken advocate for immigrant rights in America.”
Union is on the list of “Titans” alongside her husband Dwyane Wade, Tyler Perry, Lewis Hamilton, Patrick Mahomes and Greg Berlanti among others. The pair are celebrated for their dedication to inclusivity as they among put the highlight on “the most marginalized among us, including Black women and girls and queer and trans folks,” according to Me Too activist Tarana Burke.