Caitlyn Jenner, Black Lives Matter Make Time's Person of the Year Shortlist
It's that time of year when Time honors some of the globe's most recognizable figures for their headline-worthy accomplishments in the past 365.
After handing the highest honor to German chancellor Angela Merkel for her pivotal role in the migration crises in Europe and the Greek debt, other notables including Caitlyn Jenner to the Black Lives Matter also landed real estate in the esteemed shortlist.
Caitlyn's introduction as a trans woman was a global event, following the Vanity Fair magazine that featured her in a corset on the cover this past June. She was able to wrangle a million Twitter followers within four hours of creating her handle. Now, the Olympic gold medalist is taking on a different challenge with more of a leadership role in the trans community by sharing her story via her E! series I Am Cait, currently filming its second season.
“I don’t want it to be about me. I want this show to be about all these stories that are out there, the people, the hardship," she said. “I am not a spokesperson for the trans community,” she says. “I am a spokesperson for my story, and that’s all I can tell. And hopefully by telling my story, I can make people think.”
Like Caitlyn, the Black Lives Matter movement also got a well-deserved Time shout out for their courageous crusade against the racial injustice still widespread in the U.S. The self-made social uprising became more than just a trending topic on Twitter, but rather a collective fist in the air against inequality.
The hashtag itself, though, was born of the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. Almost two years later, coverage of the Ferguson protests to the Charleston church shooting has made #BlackLivesMatter a force to be reckoned with, both online and off.
Other individuals recognized on Time's shortlist included Abu Bakhr Al-Baghdadi, Hassan Rouhani, Travis Kalanick and Donald Trump. See the full line-up here.