The 2015 edition of TIME Magazine ‘s “100 Most Influential People” is covered by ballerina Misty Copeland , rapper and fashion designer Kanye West , Mexican-American journalist and author Jorge Ramos , actor Bradley Cooper , and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg .
This year’s round-up of titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons includes Dreamworks Animation chairman Mellody Hobson , director Lee Daniels , Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian , Equal Justice Initiative founder and NYU Professor of Law Bryan Stevenson , actress and trans activist Laverne Cox , award-winning painter Chris Ofili , comedian Amy Schumer , fashion designer and Balenciaga creative director Alexander Wang , award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald , comedian and actor Kevin Hart , novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie , comedian and TV host John Oliver , Ebola fighter Dr. Jerry Brown , Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai , Bring Back Our Girls founder Obiageli Ezekwesili , and U.S. Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren .
Misty, American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American soloist, recently made history when she performed in “Swan Lake” with The Washington Ballet.
Her TIME profile is written by legendary gymnast Nadia Comaneci , who says:
“Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.”
Check out what Misty had to say about changing the face of ballet and behind-the-scenes video below.
Elon Musk , who pens Kanye West’s story, had this to say:
“Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why.”
Kanye also speaks on not caring about his image, how he’s not competing with anyone and being fashion’s Robin Hood. Watch below.