According to a top source, Elena Lenina is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the model's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 29/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Lenina 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 40-year-old model, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Lenina 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 ‘Russian Of The Year’ by some major Russian newspapers and even ‘Novosibirsk Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Novosibirsk (Elena Lenina'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:
“#LeninaPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 28 Sep 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveElena”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 28 Sep 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Elena Lenina?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Sep 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Elena Lenina?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?
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