According to a credible source, former Duchess of Feria Nati Abascal is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the fashion designer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 27/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Abascal 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 77-year-old fashion designer, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Abascal 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 fashion designer have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Seville Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Seville (Nati Abascal's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the fashion designer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#AbascalPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 26 Nov 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveNati”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 26 Nov 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Nati Abascal?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 26 Nov 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Nati Abascal?
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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