The list “spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more.”
TIME magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People list has been around for fifteen years and with the exception of, ahem, some inflammatory heads of state, is viewed as a list that honours and celebrates people from various countries and industries making a positive impact in the world. This week, the magazine launched a new version of that list, focused more on up-and-comers than stalwarts.
Titled the TIME 100 Next list, this new round-up “spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more. Although this focus lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally had no age cap—a recognition that ascents can begin at any age.”
“In the spirit of the TIME 100, many of our TIME 100 Next profiles are written by more established influencers, including TIME 100 alumni—testament to the powerful ways that influence flows across and between generations,” notes the magazine. For example, the profile on Canadian YouTuber turned late night host Lilly Singh is written by Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show on NBC.
“When Lilly Singh announced in March that she was getting her own NBC late-night show, the first thing I thought was … Oh God, it’s not my show, is it?,” writes Fallon. “But Lilly’s new gig is all hers—and she earned the hell out of it. I’ve been her fan for years, and I’m always amazed by how hard she works. She built an empire before she was 30 years old! That doesn’t happen without hustle. And even better, she did it by being herself.”
Apart from entertainers like Singh, Camila Cabello, former FASHION cover star Beanie Feldstein and Ezra Miller, the inaugural Time 100 Next list features innovators like Glossier founder Emily Weiss, politicians like US presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and Brazilian Congresswoman Tabata Amaral, and environmental activists like Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash. The list also includes fashion insiders like South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech and Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, who announced the honour on Instagram by joking about his decision to remove himself from another prominent list just last month.
For a hit of motivation, check out all the inspiring honourees on this year’s list here.