Congratulations are in order for 100 exceptional people!

Every year, TIME magazine selects a list of the 100 most influential people from a variety of different fields who have made some sort of impact on the world. This time around, there are plenty of familiar faces.

For 2016, Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, rapper Nicki Minaj, Hamilton actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra, IMF director Christine Lagarde, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla Chan were all chosen for the coveted covers.

The magazine even had other notable figures share their two cents worth on why these stars are deserving of the honour. For DiCaprio, US Secretary of State, John Kerry points out that it’s not necessary his career achievements that make him special but his activism for the environment as well.

20 years ago, Leo captured the hearts of millions of moviegoers by declaring ‘I’m the king of the world!’ Through his work and example, today he’s inspiring many millions more to help save it. I am so happy that DiCaprio finally won that Oscar (even if I’m bummed to see the memes go), but that’s not the only reason he’s influential. He’s changing the world in so many other ways, too,” Kerry explains.


In her interview with TIME, Minaj delved into her international influence while urging young women all over the world to prove their value through the quality of their work. “If I’m great at what I do, I can’t be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would give to other young women,” she tells the publication.

Priyanka Chopra, who is also on the prestigious list, took to Twitter to expressed gratitude for her inclusion. “What a way to start the day! #Time100’s list of achievers! Humbled, overwhelmed, and feeling so blessed!” she tweeted. The 33-year-old actress has been wooing international audience on the small screen ever since she made her TV debut on “Quantico” and has recently scored the leading role in the reboot of “Baywatch”.

According to TIME editor Nancy Gibbs, each of these public figures have embody a breakthrough. “They broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of. They are seekers, with a fearless willingness to be surprised by what they find,” she explains.

The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach. We can debate those lessons; we don’t have to endorse them or agree with them. But the influence of this year’s TIME 100, to my mind, is that down to the last person, they have the power to make us think. And they are using it,” Gibbs added.

To see the full list of names and their dedications, head on over here.

Sources: E! News, ET Online, Entertainment Weekly/ Featured image via TIME.

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