The TIME 100 List for 2012: Musings by Stella McCartney on Rihanna
"The TIME 100 list is about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world," notes the Managing Editor, Rick Stengel, about the always fun & always controversial list which this year includes 54 international figures from 37 countries - more than any previous TIME 100.
For the first time that there are more international names on the list than American, such as: the new Mrs. Prince William & her younger sister, Pippa Middleton, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, Dilma Rousseff, Wang Yang, Xi Jinping, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & René Redzepi. "Before microphones and television were invented, a leader had to stand in front of a crowd and bellow," continues Stengle. "Now [one] can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier—or more ephemeral. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable."
Like Rihanna, one pick with which I certainly can't disagree."She's one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today," agrees Stella McCartney in her guest-contributed piece for the issue. "But she does it in her own stride." By striding around in this Stella jumpsuit, Rihanna definitely rocks some hardcore fashion cred.
- Lesley Scott