Meghan Markle, Britney Spears & Naomi Osaka Just Received This Major Honor

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The 2021 Time 100 list is finally here, and it’s chock full of familiar faces.

The magazine just released its annual list of The World’s Most Influential People, which recognizes a diverse group of icons, innovators and leaders that deserve praise. Among the names are celebrities like Britney Spears and Naomi Osaka, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

In addition to Osaka, Time recognized a few other Olympians. This includes Allyson Felix (who’s the most decorated American track-and-field athlete) and Sunisa Lee (who’s the 2020 Olympic all-around champion in gymnastics). Oh, and did we mention that Lee is the youngest person on this year’s list? NBD.

Other recognizable people include Tiffany Haddish, Bradley Cooper, Billie Eilish, Kamala Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Dolly Parton, Chloé Zhao, Kate Winslet, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Shonda Rhimes, Al Gore, Megan Thee Stallion, Alex Rodriquez, Russell Wilson and Melinda French Gates.

The list also features a record number of climate leaders—like Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, Phyllis Omido, Mary Barra and Friederike Otto—along with a variety of scientists and healthcare experts—like Katalin Kariko, Barney Graham, John Nkengasong, Adi Utarini and Lidia Morawska.

In a statement, Edward Felsenthal (CEO and editor in chief of Time) revealed that the 2021 list might be the best to date. “I find reason for optimism in our 18th annual Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people,” he said. “It features extraordinary leaders from around the world working to build a better future, from entertainers striving to make Hollywood more inclusive to activists fighting for sustainability and human rights. They are disrupters, fixers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers—people who in a year of crisis have leaped into the fray.”

Sending major congratulations to Markle, Osaka and the rest of the honorees.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...