When you got two power forces in one union, you know they can take on the world!
Time magazine on Tuesday unveiled its 17th annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people comprising of pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons and actress and best-selling author Gabrielle Union and her husband, three-time NBA champion and Olympic superstar, Dwyane Wade, proudly make the cut.
Alongside the celebrity couple, other celebs who make the list are rapper Megan Thee Stallion and the Weeknd.
Other public figures listed include President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Attorney General William Barr, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
This year eight covers unveiled are graced by notable individuals on the list, including one each for Fauci, Megan Thee Stallion, the Weeknd, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, New York nurse Amy O’Sullivan, and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, according to a news release. In addition, Union and Wade, who are married, share a cover, while Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi share another.
Union and Wade set a powerful example for parents everywhere, when they shared their personal journey as allies in supporting their daughter Zaya, after she came out as transgender this February. Both have been open about the ways in which they are learning from Zaya by listening and following her lead. In doing so, they’re helping to foster a more compassionate and understanding future for all young people who are figuring out who they are, the mag says.
“We’re inspired by our kids,” Wade said in a chat with Time. “The way they look at us, the way they look to us for leadership and guidance, for their moments of bravery.” Wade on witnessing their children living freely which has been a joyful experience.
“We have a daughter that is almost 2, who the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment and it’s beautiful to watch truly free children,” Union said. “We have another daughter who is 13, who has freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn’t ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring.”
The 2020 Time 100 “looks far different” than lists from previous years, the magazine’s CEO and editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in a statement.
Adding the issue includes a tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who made the list in 2015.
“The Time 100 has always been a mirror of the world and those who shape it,” he said. “While you will certainly find people who wield traditional power on this year’s list — heads of state, CEOs, major entertainers — it also includes many extraordinary, lesser-known individuals who seized the moment to save lives, build a movement, lift the spirit, repair the world. … Their work challenges each of us to wield our own influence toward a world that is healthier, more resilient, more sustainable and just.”