Kevin Hart, Kanye West and Laverne Cox Included in Time 's 100 Most Influential People List

Kevin Hart, Kanye West and Laverne Cox Included in Time 's 100 Most Influential People List

Plus, President Barack Obama, Lee Daniels and Audra McDonald.

Published April 16, 2015

It's that time again. Time magazine has released its highly anticipated Time 100 list, which consists of its selection of the most influential figures who most positively shaped the past year. From President Barack Obama to transgender icon Laverne Cox, the list is more diverse than ever before.

In addition to profiling the features, the list also consists of pairings and guest contributors writing the respective profiles of each honoree.

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The list is separated into different categories. In "The Titans" category — which serves as one of five covers — Kanye West is the highlighted figure. Multi-billion dollar entrepreneur Elon Musk wrote Yeezy's profile: "Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list," he wrote. "The dude doesn't believe in false modesty, and he shouldn't. Kanye's belief in himself and his incredible tenacity... got him to where he is today."

Another major figure in entertainment who was highlighted on the list is comedian and actor Kevin Hart. The Ride Along star's mentor Chris Rock sang his praises, writing, "Right now, Kev is the biggest stand-up comedian in the country. I don't even think there's a No. 2, to be honest."

Also highlighted is former Time covergirl and Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox. Dubbed the "transgender icon," Cox was profiled by teenage trans woman and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings, who spoke on the star's influence on her life. "As a transgender child, I was always looking around for someone like me, because I thought I was the only one... Having someone as visible and strong as Laverne Cox to look up to is inspiring... She's a pioneer for our community."

Other notable figures on the list include Lee Daniels, Malala Yousafzai, Pope Francis, President Obama, Audra McDonald, Hillary Clinton and Kim Kardashian.

In addition to West, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramon, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor Bradley Cooper each appear individually on five different covers, which are all included in each issue.

The Time 100 issue is currently available on newsstands and online.


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Written by Moriba Cummings

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