Time Person of the Year 2021 is none other than Elon Musk. “For creating solutions to an existential crisis, for embodying the possibilities and dangers of the age of tech titans, for driving the most daring and disruptive transformations in society, Elon Musk is 2021’s Person of the Year.” Wrote the magazine.
— TIME (@TIME) December 13, 2021
Time chose Simone Biles as the athlete of the year following her decision to withdraw from some competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“When a black athlete like Biles takes visible steps to safeguard her own mental and physical health, to indicate that it is worth protecting, that action carries a special power”, reads the article that Time posted about the athlete.
“She is much more than her sport.” Biles’ decision sparked a global conversation about mental health in sport and the importance of talking about it.
For its 2020 edition, Time named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, elected US President and Vice President in November of that year. The two made history when they defeated Donald Trump in a tough election that placed him in a small club of presidents who only served one term.
Additionally, Harris became the country’s first woman, the first black woman, and the first South Asian woman to be vice president-elect.
Time magazine’s tradition of highlighting a particularly influential person began in 1927, as Man of the Year. Later, the name was changed to Person of the Year, which is awarded to an individual, group, movement, or idea that had the most influence in the last year.
In 2006, Time named “You” as Person of the Year to recognize the millions of people who contribute to Internet content. Not everyone who made the cut exerted a positive influence. Adolf Hitler, for example, was Man of the Year in 1938. In 2019, Time chose the young climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.