Alongside the honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, heartthrob Bradley Cooper, leading Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and pioneering ballerina Misty Copeland, "Boundary Breaker" Kanye West is in good company as one of five individuals chosen to cover Time's annual 100 Most Influential People issue this year. Inside the magazine's pages, Tesla's Elon Musk describes Ye as "a pop-culture juggernaut" who has played "the long game" and is not afraid to ask questions or be judged. He also acknowledges, "Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list."
And next, he would tell you is that his wife Kim Kardashian is also deserving of a spot on the list—and he would be correct, too, because she also made the Top 100 this year. Kim earns the title "The first lady of #fame," and is celebrated by who else but Martha Stewart, who credits Kim and kompany with "[expanding] the very definition of family."
Joining Mr. and Mrs. Kardashian-West on the list are Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Tim Cook, and about 95 more. It's worth noting, however, that this is not Kanye's first Time cover, nor his first time making their Most Influential list. Kanye's been influential, you know? (If you are a longtime FADER reader, you probably do—check out his first mag cover ever here.)
Kanye's "acceptance speech," is, as ever, worth watching. "Every time I crash the internet, it's like this little drop of truth," he says. "Every time that I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting the rest of the time?
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