Time Magazine has finally released its annual 100 Most Influential People list, and beloved Houstonian's have once again stolen the show. Hometown favorite and Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles, made this year’s lineup in the "Titan" category.
Biles also graced the cover of Time in a blood-orange leotard sitting atop a balance beam.
The magazine enlisted 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, to pen an open tribute to the Houston gymnast. “There’s something poetic about the way Simone Biles moves,” Williams begins. “She’s a master of precision, grace, and dominance, and at the age of just 24, she has cemented herself as one of the most decorated American gymnasts of all time.”
Williams continues to touch on Biles’ 32 Olympic and world championship awards, writing that her athletic prowess is only “seen once in a lifetime,” and talks about Biles' graceful nature outside of the her sporty aesthetic. The tennis star also champions Biles as mental health advocate and setting new standards of beauty.
“She is using her mature voice and platform to share her personal journey of self-love, respect, and acceptance—Simone is wise beyond her years,” writes Williams.
The honor comes after the gymnast made an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and The Met Gala. Thursday, September 16 also marked the first day of the court hearings, where she and her teammates provided their testimonies against former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar.
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