Here are seven ‘Time 100 Most Influential People’ you might not know, but should


When it comes to this list, ‘influence’ doesn’t just mean celebrities - there are a whole heap of less recognisable names leaving their mark on the world.

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Time Magazine have released their annual list of the 100 most influential people, split across five categories: pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans.

Naturally, there are plenty of celebs that make the list. The current US President Donald Trump, Oprah's BFF Gayle King,Taylor Swift, actors Mahershala Ali and Glenn Close - even Pope Francis got a nod.

However, there are also a lot of names that you might not know from first glance. Their stories are no less interesting - and their 'influence' no less important - so here's a few:

Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy:

Katju and Guruswamy are recognised as 'pioneers' for their work in the battle to decriminalise homosexuality in India. The lawyers represented petitioners during the fight to overturn the 157-year-old law.

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Menaka Guruswamy (L) and Aarundhati Katju (R)
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On September 6, 2018, the Indian Supreme Court officially decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra wrote in Time on behalf of the pair, saying:

"Their perseverance and commitment led an entire community to a historic win by humanizing their struggles and giving them the freedom to love."


If you're a K-Pop fan - you're going to know this one. But if you're not, you definitely should.

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Teen Vogue

BTS are a Korean boy-band breaking records all over the place. They were the first South Korean group to win a Billboard music award and have already had three albums debut at #1 on Billboard charts. Just this week, their new song became the most-streamed YouTube video in the first 24 hours of its release AND the fastest song to 100 million views. We're exhausted just listing it all (and that's not even all!).

BTS' recognition on the Time 100 influential list is just another indication of the growing dominance of the K-Pop music genre, and its move into the music mainstream.

Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor:

The 'Together for Yes' campaign co-directors were honoured for their leadership in repealing the eighth amendment in the Irish constitution - lifting the country's abortion ban.
A May 2018 referendum saw 66.4 per cent of voters vote to repeal the amendment.

Irish actress Ruth Negga credited the 'icons' with mobilising people of all different backgrounds in the lead up to the vote.

"Their incredible tenacity and integrity and courageousness will be an inspiration for generations to come," the Time list said.

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Loujain al-Hathloul

Loujain al-Hathloul is in jail, alongside a number of other women's activists, for challenging what many consider outdated laws in Saudi Arabia. Al-Hathloul has posted videos of herself driving and even ran for the country's first municipal elections that allowed women. She's also fought to give Saudi women more rights to marry or travel outside of the country without a male guardian's permission.

Along with other female activists, her efforts have also shown that, despite the Saudi Crown Prince's push to modernise the kingdom, there's a lot still to be done.

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Financial Times

Human Rights Watch's Sarah Leah Whitson said the Saudi people owen al-Hathloul a 'huge debt' of gratitude.

"She should be thanked and embraced by the kingdom for what she is: a model of Saudi womanhood."

Also featured:

Pat McGrath: "Pat McGrath allows us to be seen. Her makeup is not just nice makeup—her bold, beautiful colors make a statement," said Vogue's first African-American cover model, Beverly Johnson.

'Ninja': NFL player JuJu Smith Schuster says Fortnite expert 'Ninja' has single-handedly blended gaming and pop culture.
"People have seen it as childish and a waste of time. Ninja was huge in building up the credibility of e-sports."

Fred Swaniker: The Ghanaian entrepreneur has started four organisations aimed at developing the next generation of African leaders. Sixty per cent of the continent's population is under 25.

You can find the full list here - who else has caught your attention?