According to a reliable source, David LaChapelle's muse Amanda Lepore is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the model's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 08/12/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Lepore for Person of the Year?
The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 56-year-old model, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Lepore so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the model have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Cedar Grove Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Cedar Grove (Amanda Lepore's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the model was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Amanda Lepore Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 7 Dec 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveAmanda”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 7 Dec 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Amanda Lepore?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 7 Dec 2023
Could 2023 officially be the Year of Amanda Lepore?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2023 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?
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