This week saw the unveiling of two of the most thorough indices in modern America: Time's 100 Most Influential People and People's 50 Most Beautiful. Only two people — Beyoncé and Kerry Washington — appear on both.
The two lists are admittedly different in tone and content. Time's is a sober reflection on people who've had a significant influence on the world, whether you've heard of them or not. People's has makeup tips. People's list is also comprised solely of women, because — I didn't know this, not having appeared on the list — the men are apparently relegated to the 50 Sexiest Men issue, which comes out later in the year. At the very least, the Sexiest People issue of the magazine has an abundance of woman and a smattering of men, so that seemed to fit.
It also didn't have an actual list. It's just a bunch of spreads of pretty people — naked 34 year olds, people who'd been on the cover in the past, individual profiles, etc. — that made it difficult to figure out which 50 people were the prettiest. We came up with 51, which might be our mistake or it might be theirs. Either way, it doesn't really matter.
And since I'm complaining, Time's list only had 41 women to 59 men. In the image below, the men are the grayed-out boxes; being unbeautiful in the eyes of People, they hardly bear mentioning.
Time's 41 Most Influential Women
People's 50-ish Most Beautiful
A final note: I had not heard of many of the people on Time's list, and was happy to get the opportunity to learn more about them. Go look at it; it's interesting. I had also not heard of many of the women on People's list; if you have, I am duly impressed.
Update, Monday: So apparently People doesn't worry about matching the contents of its online copy of the magazine with its actual list. A commenter pointed us to a partial list from The Hollywood Reporter.
Other stars who made People's annual "Most Beautiful" list include Keri Russell, Mindy Kaling, Pink, Amber Heard, Kerry Washington, Selena Gomez, Shailene Woodley, Margot Robbie, 50 Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson, Allison Williams, Lea Michele, Katy Perry, Mila Kunis, Beyonce, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Robin Wright, Sandra Bullock and Michelle Obama.
If accurate, Wright joins Beyoncé and Washington. Perhaps she should ask to be included in the magazine, too.
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