Time magazine’s issue of the 100 most influential people in the world has hit stands, and it’s safe to say we’re pretty stoked. The cover portraits feature Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (whom we’re still girl crushin’ on), Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai, conservative politician Rand Paul, business mogul Jay Z, entrepreneur Elon Musk, Chinese tennis phenomenon Li Na, and Bollywood star Aamir Khan.
“You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end,” Jodie Foster wrote of the 22-year-old Lawrence. “The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter’s Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be.”
Time’s other picks range from high-profile artists like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake to visionaries like Shonda Rhimes (who brought us Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, along with a healthy sprinkling of politicians, scientists, tech mavens, activists, sports stars, and fashion front-runners.
Here are several interesting tidbits about the special issue:
- Time’s double issue will be on stands until May 6, 2013, and is divided into five sections: titans, leaders, artists, pioneers, and icons.
- 2013 marks a decade since the inception of the magazine’s annually-updated list.
- Li Na and Aamir Khan are not featured on the five domestic covers, but do grace international versions of the issue.
- The selections aren’t numbered, so feel free to choose your own favorite(s).
- Following tradition, the snappy mini profiles of Time’s honorees were penned by heavy hitters in their own right. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem wrote about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Meanwhile, Chelsea Clinton described 15-year-old Malala, who was nearly martyred by the Taliban for her efforts to achieve an education, as “a champion for girls everywhere.”
- Along with the profiles, you’ll find a world map marked with each honoree’s place of birth, a look at three of the list’s most powerful couples, an influence index, a chart of “how many the 100 command”, a hilarious column reviewing the good (and horrible!) Time picks over the past decade, and more.
- Though women account for half of the world’s population, only 35 were included on Time’s 2013 list. That’s down from last year, when 38 women were featured.
- This issue marks the eighth time President Barack Obama has held a spot on Time’s list of most influential people in the world, making him the most-featured out of the 100. Go, POTUS!
Check out Time’s full list here.
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.