Time Magazine came out with it's annual list of the Most Influential people on April 21, 2016. And for the second year in a row, women only made up 40 of the 100 people.
While we can't help but be a little disappointed in the gender gap by such a powerhouse in journalism, we are feeling pretty inspired by the women they did highlight because each of them are doing great things. "The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach," Time explained on how they come up with the list.
So which women in entertainment did they showcase? Let's take a look and check out some of the most important lessons we can take away from these ladies.
1. Melissa McCarthy was honored with a short piece by Paul Feig, who has worked on four movies with our favorite funny lady. "She finds reality and heart inside every character she plays, and she never sacrifices three-dimensionality for a laugh," Paul said of his friend. "She embraces her characters' flaws and strengths and plays them as equally important. She finds the humanity in every role she takes on." Not only is Melissa McCarthy an amazing performer, but she has also found time to empower other women through her clothing line that caters to women of all sizes. "People don't stop at a size 12," she said in August 2015. "I feel like there's a big thing missing where you can't dress to your mood above a certain number." You go, girl!
2. Gina Rodriguez, who was highlighted in the mag by actress Rita Moreno, is still a relative newcomer on the Hollywood scene thanks to her recent success on "Jane the Virgin." For Rita Moreno, she says she's struck by Gina's ease and confidence in herself at such a young age. "Whenever she talks about herself or about being Hispanic, she's sending the message 'I deserve this, I work very hard, and I'm a good person.' I can say that about myself now, but I'm 84!" We always love when ladies are encouraged to feel confident and stand up for themselves.
3. Ronda Rousey was praised by Tina Fey in a poignant essay about being a badass woman. Tina Fey says she first came to admire to Rhoda when she announced she wasn't a "Do Nothing B----". In addition to working her butt off in the ring, Rhonda also has come to stand for being powerful mentally and physically, but also believing in herself all the time. Tina ended her essay about Rhonda on another high note that all women should take note of. "Imagine if we could teach our daughters to value their bodies for what they can do, not for how others think they look. Could Ronda be the one to finally help us understand that as females, we define the word feminine and that it doesn't define us?" Imagine if all women could think like Ronda.
4. Adele, who was showcased in an article by her pal Jennifer Lawrence, is one of the women highlighted in the list's Icon section. Jennifer Lawrence honors her friend's private life, but highlights some of the achievements we've all come to know and expect from Adele. Like her once in a lifetime voice, her lyrics that have grown and evolved with each phase of her life that Adele enters. "I won't have time to talk about her intelligence," Jennifer wrote. "Her 500-year-old wisdom. Her patience and kindness all wrapped up in the tough skin of a damn gangster." Plus, while Adele has been killing it with her newest album and embarking on a massive world tour, she's also a mom and a devoted partner. Seems like Adele has mastered the art of having it all if you work very, very hard.
5. Nicki Minaj, another honoree on the Icon's list, was written about by her friend Lil Wayne. He starts out his essay by saying he was first struck by Nicki's ability to rap, not just phenomenally for a girl, but he says better than most men are able to rap. "She's so influential and doing all the right things," he said. "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." Nicki Minaj doesn't care if you hate her or you love her, she just keeps making her music and being true to herself. What confidence!
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