Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Duchess of Montoro among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Duchess of Montoro Eugenia Martínez de Irujo is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the princess' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 30/11/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Martínez de Irujo 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 55-year-old princess, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Martínez de Irujo 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 princess have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Madrid Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Madrid (Eugenia Martínez de Irujo's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the princess was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#Martínez de IrujoPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 29 Nov 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveEugenia”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 29 Nov 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Eugenia Martínez de Irujo?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 29 Nov 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Eugenia Martínez de Irujo?

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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