The annual Time 100 Most Influential People list features lots of A-list celebrities, but only a select few are chosen for the coveted covers.
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, rapper Nicki Minaj, Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra, Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan and French lawyer Christine Lagarde landed covers, and for good reason. The magazine even had other people of influence share why they think these stars are so deserving of the honor.
Lil Wayne gushes over Minaj, touting that she’s “doing all the right things.”
“She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined,” the rapper says. “She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results.”
Weezy adds, “The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”
For DiCaprio, he gets quite the compliment from U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. “Leo’s talent is limitless, but his secret has always been pretty simple: he’s real. He does his homework. He knows what he’s talking about,” Kerry explains. “Preparation, authenticity and smarts are at the core of who he is as an artist.”
The politician says he most admires the 41-year-old actor’s “galvanizing force to protect our planet.”
“Twenty years ago, Leo captured the hearts of millions of moviegoers by declaring ‘I’m the king of the world!’ Through his work and example, today he’s inspiring many millions more to help save it,” Kerry laments.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was chosen to vouch for his Baywatch co-star, Chopra. “It’s an amazing time to watch as she pierces the U.S. market,” he says of the 33-year-old actress, who got her start as a Bollywood star. “When I look at her success from the 50,000-ft. view and see everything that Priyanka has already done, is currently doing and has the desire and the bandwidth to do, I can see that her impact is going to be invaluable.”
Chopra told ET that it was after she was crowned Miss World as a teenager that she decided to pursue a career in acting and modeling. “When I became Miss World, movie offers started coming to me in India,” she recalled. “I was like, 'You know what? I’ve been brought here for a reason,’ and I started believing that I was the other Destiny’s Child [member] besides Beyonce, because destiny had plans for me.”