After being named one of Timeâ€™s magazineâ€™s 100 most influential people of 2020, Megan Thee Stallion is likely feeling â€œAll Dat.â€ï»¿
Born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, the 25-year-old rapper finds herself amongst high-profile â€œpioneersâ€ featured on the prestigious list including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Selena Gomez, and Michaela Coel. The coveted list recognizes leaders in their fields and those impacting the world by â€œharnessing the power of influence to forge genuine progress.â€
Taraji P. Henson described the rap star as â€œthe epitome of tenacity.â€ â€œI donâ€™t like to put the stigma of the word strong on Black women because I think it dehumanizes us, but she has strength â€“ strength through vulnerability,â€ the actress stated.
The Empire star emphasized the influence Megan has had on the music industry in the early stages of her career saying, â€œItâ€™s invigorating to see her become a platinum-selling artist with the viral hit â€˜Hot Girl Summerâ€™ and multiple No. 1 songs in the past year, â€˜Savageâ€™ and â€˜WAP.â€™ But you would be a fool to think thatâ€™s all there is to her. Sheâ€™s deep. She rode the beat like Iâ€™d never heard anybody ride the beat in a long time â€“ and Iâ€™m a hip-hop nerd.â€
Henson also touched on the personal hardships that Megan has overcome. â€œSheâ€™s lost much of her family â€“ her mother, her father, her grandmother â€“ yet she is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps. She was shot this summer, and still people tried to tear her down,â€ she expressed
Henson also added that despite industry efforts to â€œpigeonholeâ€ her, Meganâ€™s â€œgot a plan thatâ€™s much bigger. And we got her. I just want her to keep winning.â€
Meganâ€™s collaboration with fellow rapper Cardi B â€œWAPâ€ also recently topped the Billboard 100 chart, and she celebrated with her fans on Instagram. â€œSTILL I RISE <3 YOUNG BLACK WOMAN FROM HOUSTON TEXAS ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENCIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD,â€ she wrote in her caption.
This has been a milestone year for Megan. Along with a Beyonce collaboration on the â€œSavageâ€ remix for charity, she also took home an MTV VMA award for Best Hip Hop Video and launched a viral TikTok challenge.
Michael B. Jordan, JoJo Siwa, Jennifer Hudson, Oscar-winning South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, Halsey, J. Balvin, and The Weekend were also honored.