We bet Megan Thee Stallion is feeling “All Dat” right about now. Wouldn't you if you'd just been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020? As if that isn't big enough, she's also featured on one of the issue’s eight covers too.
The 25-year-old Houston rapper, who made it into the Time 100 Next list last year, shows off her classy, bougie, and ratchet sides as she strikes a statuesque pose on the magazine’s cover. The striking photo easily stands out among the other Time 100 covers, which feature equally high-profile figures, including immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci; actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, athlete Dwyane Wade; and the founders of Black Lives Matter.
“I don’t like to put the stigma of the word strong on Black women because I think it dehumanizes us, but she has strength—strength through vulnerability,” Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson wrote in her tribute to Stallion. “... She is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps."
Interestingly, Stallion was not placed in the “artist” category; instead she joined other influential names like author Ibram X. Kendi, pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, and astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir as one of the “pioneers” in the magazine’s prestigious list—a list that, according to Time, recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the world by "harnessing the power of influence to forge genuine progress." Additional categories of recognition in the annual issue include leaders, icons, and titans.
Celebrating the Time 100 honor on Instagram, Stallion gave a shoutout to her Bayou City hometown. "Still I rise. Young black woman from Houston Texas on the cover of Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world."
This recognition is just the latest milestone in Stallion’s already memorable year. After kicking off 2020 with a single on the Birds of Prey soundtrack, the “pop culture phenom” (as Time dubbed her on its cover) released her EP Suga. She clinched her first No. 1 single and a Beyoncé collab with the viral hit “Savage.” And who can forget her Cardi B team-up, “WAP,” which broke the U.S. streaming record when it dropped in August? She’s also up for Top Rap Female Artist in next month’s Billboard Music Awards.
Guess Stallion really was right. No one’s gon’ handle her, and she’s definitely staying winnin’.
Oh, and read our interview with Megan Thee Stallion during her up-and-coming days here.
The Time 100 issues go on sale Friday.