Pia Wurtzbach, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Miss Universe 2015 among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach 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 09/02/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Wurtzbach 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 33-year-old model, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Wurtzbach 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 ‘Filipino Of The Year’ by some major Filipino newspapers and even ‘Stuttgart Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Stuttgart (Pia Wurtzbach'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:

“Pia Wurtzbach Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 8 Feb 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePia”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 8 Feb 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Pia Wurtzbach?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 8 Feb 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Pia Wurtzbach?

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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