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Time 100 includes Kors, Ocean and AIDS researchers
2013-04-19

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The Time 100, which lists 100 people Time believes to be the most influential in the world, is now out. It includes obvious choices such as President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, but also gay fashion designer Michael Kors and gay singer Frank Ocean, and lesbian fashion "tastemaker" Jenna Lyons. However, the word "gay" does not appear with their entries.

The short text for each selection is written by other famous people. John Legend wrote the Ocean piece. Interesting, it says he came out, but not of what—for those who didn't know, that's code for gay.

Legend writes: "Frank is brilliant. The day I started writing with him, it was clear that he has a very interesting mind and a distinctive way of expressing himself. He was fearless and innately creative. You talk to some people in this business and you get the sense that they're very focused on radio: what will be a hit or won't be a hit. You never get that from Frank. The focus is on creating something that's beautiful, that's great art. Frank broke a lot of rules with his album Channel Orange. He wasn't focused on 'What's gonna be my single?' And obviously, one of the cardinal rules was that he wasn't supposed to come out. But he did, and he did it in a way that speaks to what kind of artist he is, in a beautifully written letter to his fans. The day the letter was published, he came over to my house for a July 4 barbecue, where he was among friends who supported him and showed him love. How fitting that he released his 'declaration' on Independence Day. I think Frank's career will be defined by his fearlessness and his artistic freedom. He has the talent, the ability and the brilliance to have an impact for a long time. He will follow his muse wherever it goes—he's not the kind of artist to adhere to everyone else's schedule. That's what makes him special."

Fashion designer Zac Posen wrote the Michael Kors piece, which also does not use the word gay: "When I started designing fashion in high school, around 1996, Michael Kors was the epitome of the new look of American sportswear: elegant luxury, easy glamour and effortless chic. His clothes merged the worlds of fashion and accessibility, which isn't easy—there was a sense of cleanliness in his designs. Nearly two decades later, Michael is poised to become fashion's next billionaire. It takes a great deal of resilience and staying power to last for decades, and it's a testament to Michael's very clear vision. He's larger than life, a ball of energy and so warm and personable. It's his love of people, life and culture that exudes in his fashion globally. Michael takes the wonderful heritage of American sportswear into the future, translating it internationally for every woman and man who wants to be a part of the American Dream."

Prabal Gurung wrote the Lyons piece: "In 22 years at J. Crew, where she is now executive creative director, she has made fashion relatable. She's allowed mothers and daughters to dress with the same kind of attitude. I buy J. Crew, my mom does, my sister does, my niece and nephew do. She understands our zeitgeist. Being fashionable doesn't mean being trendy; it means having a sense of style. Jenna has made J. Crew more than a brand or a company — it's a philosophy that believes in style."

Lesbian actress Jodie Foster writes the essay about Time 100 selection Jennifer Lawrence: "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. 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."

AIDS researchers Hannah Gay, Katherine Luzuriaga and Deborah Persaud were also selected. Mark Dybul,executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes: "These three women are responsible for orchestrating an incredible breakthrough: functionally curing a newborn of AIDS. By giving the infant, who contracted HIV from its mother, anti-HIV drugs within hours of birth, Gay, a pediatrician at the University of Mississippi; Luzuriaga, an immunologist from the University of Massachusetts; and Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, managed to battle back the virus so the child, now 21â2 years old, no longer needs medications and shows no signs of HIV. We scientists are trained to be careful about generalizing about one case. Yet this result gives us more ammunition in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It adds substance to our conviction—not yet proven but heading in the right direction—that we can prevent this disease from infecting newborn babies. There's even hope that adults may benefit from the same rapid treatment immediately after HIV infection. Following the success with the newborn, another study reported that 14 more patients have been able to control HIV. These findings show that early HIV treatment has even greater benefits than previously thought. With other preventive measures and better science, we now have a historic opportunity to control the spread of HIV."

THE COMPLETE TIME 100 LIST:

Christina Aguilera, singer

Noynoy Aquino, President of the Philippines

Alex Atala, Brazilian chef

Mario Balotelli, football player, A.C. Milan

Joyce Banda, President of Malawi

Joaquim Barbosa, Justice Minister, Supreme Federal Court of Brazil

Jens Bergensten and Markus Persson, creators, Minecraft

Beyoncé, singer

Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States

Dr. Kimberly Blackwell, physician and medical oncologist, Duke Cancer Institute

Scooter Braun, talent manager

John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess grandmaster

Perry Chen, CEO and co-founder, Kickstarter

Palaniappan Chidambaram, Indian Finance Minister

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey

Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma

Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

David Coleman, President of the College Board

Ertharin Cousin, executive director, United Nations World Food Programme

Bryan Cranston, actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, actor

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank

Lena Dunham, actor, director, producer

David Einhorn, president and founder, Greenlight Capital

Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, co-leaders of UNICEF's Innovation Unit

Jimmy Fallon, host, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome

Drs. Hannah Gay, Katherine Luzuriaga and Deborah Persaud, AIDS researchers

Gabrielle Giffords, former Congresswoman from Arizona

Eric Greitens, founder, the Mission Continues; former Navy SEAL

Vrinda Grover, New Delhi—based lawyer and activist

Fethullah Gulen, Turkish educator and Islamic scholar

Kamala Harris, attorney general of California

Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design, Apple Inc.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Nigerian actor and singer

LeBron James, basketball player, Miami Heat

Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama

Jay Z, artist and entrepreneur

Wilfredo "Choco" De JesÃïs, pastor

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Mindy Kaling, writer and actor, The Mindy Project

Aamir Khan, actor and activist

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

Jimmy Kimmel, host, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, co-founders, Coursera

Michael Kors, designer

Oh-Hyun Kwon, CEO, Samsung

Yair Lapid, Israeli Finance Minister

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, National Rifle Association

Jennifer Lawrence, actor

Kai-Fu Lee, CEO, Innovation Works

Li Na, tennis player

Jenna Lyons, president, J. Crew

Roya Mahboob, CEO and founder of Afghan Citadel Software Co.

Hilary Mantel, novelist

Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico

Moncef Marzouki, President of Tunisia

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Miguel, Singer

Hassan Sheik Mohamud, President of Somalia

Elon Musk, CEO and founder, SpaceX; co-founder, Tesla Motors and PayPal

Mary Nichols, chairman, California Air Resources Board

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

Abdullah Ocalan, founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)

Frank Ocean, musician

Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea

Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky

Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

Peng Liyuan, wife of Xi Jinping, China's First Lady

Ren Zhengfei, CEO, Huawei

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Scandal

Gina Rinehart, chairman, Hancock Prospecting

Ed Ruscha, artist

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix

George Saunders, writer

Igor Sechin, president, Rosneft

Andrew Sheng, president, Fung Global Institute

Steven Spielberg, director

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader, chairperson of the National League for Democracy

Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO, Instagram

Peter Theisinger and Richard Cook, project managers of the Mars Curiosity Rover

Justin Timberlake, entertainer

Travis Tygart, CEO, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Lindsey Vonn, alpine ski racer

Wang Shu, architect

Xi Jinping, President of China

Sam Yagan, CEO, Match Inc.; co-founder, OKCupid

Tadashi Yanai, president and CEO, Uniqlo

Don Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office

Malala Yousafzai, teenage activist

Bassem Youssef, satirist

See time100.time.com/2013/04/18 .


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