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TIME magazine has revealed its list for Person of the Year and in the top spot is Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany. Following Merkel, the shortlist includes ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter activists, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the CEO of Uber, and Caitlyn Jenner.
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In the past year, 66-year-old Caitlyn Jenner has changed completely and yet not at all. Yes, the former Olympian and reality TV star came out as transgender and began living life as a woman. But many friends who knew Jenner during the Olympic days describe an outgoing superstar, always ready with a joke and happy to sign an autograph. Now, Jenner has jumped at what she describes as the biggest hurdle in her life with the same proffered handshakes and good humor. Watch out exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner, a runner-up for TIME’s Person of the Year, on TIME.com/poy (see link in profile). #TIMEPOY #caitlynjenner Video by @francescatrianni and @tsaiclops for TIME.
Merkel is the first woman to be named TIME’s Person of the Year since 1986, and the fourth since the magazine began the annual list in 1927.
Keep scrolling for more info on the powerful women to be recognized as TIME’s Person of the Year in the past.
1936: Wallis Warfield Simpson
Following two prior divorces, Simpson’s marriage to King Edward VIII was sure to cause crisis in the United Kingdom. As a result, King Edward VIII gave up the throne to be with her.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II
In honor of her succession to the throne following her father’s death, TIME named Queen Elizabeth II their Person of the Year in 1952.
1986: Corazon Aquino
Despite her lack of political experience, Aquino was able to become President of the Philippines and was known to many as the “Mother of the Nation.”
2015: Angela Merkel
During Merkel’s decade of reign in Germany, her powerful leadership and political ability have gained her the nicknames “Merkiavelli” and “Black Widow.”
SOURCE: TIME | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty