Nia Sanchez, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Miss USA 2014 among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the model's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 22/01/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Sanchez 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 27-year-old model, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Sanchez 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 ‘Sacramento Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Sacramento (Nia Sanchez'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:

“#SanchezPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 21 Jan 2018
“Congrats! Nia has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 21 Jan 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Nia Sanchez?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 21 Jan 2018

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Nia Sanchez?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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