Tyra Banks, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Tyra Banks among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Tyra Banks is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the model's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 18/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Banks 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 47-year-old model, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Banks 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 ‘Los Angeles Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Los Angeles (Tyra Banks' 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:

“Tyra Banks Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 17 Apr 2021
“Congrats! Tyra has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Apr 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Tyra Banks?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Apr 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Tyra Banks?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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