TIME magazine has revealed their eleventh annual TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. A lot of notable politicians and writers as well as business and entertainment figures made the cut, including Amy Adams, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Matthew McConaughey, and many more.
Inside, managing editor Nancy Gibbs writes:
“The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful… The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle. Power is a tool, influence is a skill… If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader, or athlete will do next.”
With that being said, chart topper Beyonce made the cover of this year’s magazine, along with Jason Collins (the first openly gay NBA player), Robert Redford (for his 30 years of Sundance) and Mary Barra (the CEO of General Motors). The only difference between Beyonce and the other three figures (other than the fact that she’s on the actual front cover and they are included as three additional covers inside the magazine) is that as stunning as Beyonce looks, she’s the only person photographed and styled in her bra and underwear.
Now, previously I’ve written my thoughts about Beyonce’s feminist stance and how she defines her “strength” as a woman through her sexiness. I won’t bore anyone with the details again, but I couldn’t help but wonder why the editors of TIME magazine couldn’t be bothered with covering up Beyonce. The rest of the influential cover figures are modestly covered; why is Queen Bee an exception? When it comes to “power,” Mary Barra is just as powerful — if not more than Beyonce — yet she’s dressed in a suit on her cover. If someone like Benedict Cumberbatch, Seth Meyers, or Steve McQueen were to make the cover, would the magazine have them pose in their underwear, too? Just like Beyonce, they are all entertainers and artists in their different respects and the last time I checked, TIME magazine wasn’t in the same market of readers as Esquire or Maxim.
Quite honestly, I really don’t understand our society’s need to correlate strength or influence with being naked or in your underwear. Check out the other three covers below, and tell us Babble readers, what do you think of TIME’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world and their covers?
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