Megan Thee Stallion named in Time’s 100 most influential people of 2020

Megan Thee Stallion, a young black rapper from Houston, is among the Time’s Magazine 100 most influential people of 2020 and has been featured on the cover of the magazine as well.  

The 25-year-old celebrated the big win with her followers on Instagram. She posted a picture of herself on the Time’s cover with the caption: “STILL I RISE. YOUNG BLACK WOMAN FROM HOUSTON TEXAS ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.”

The list issued on September 22, 2020, included many other famous names such as Selena Gomez, Michaela Coel, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. 

Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson talked of Megan as “the epitome of tenacity. She said that Megan deserves this spot as she has significantly influenced the community at such a young age. 

Henson said, “I don’t like to put the stigma of the word strong on Black women because I think it dehumanizes us, but she has strength — strength through vulnerability. It’s invigorating to see her become a platinum-selling artist with the viral hit ‘Hot Girl Summer’ and multiple No. 1 song in the past year, ‘Savage’ and ‘WAP.’ But you would be a fool to think that’s all there is to her. She’s deep.

Megan was born in Bexar County, Texas, in 1995. Her real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, but she’s famous with her stage name Megan Thee Stallion. Her mother, Holly Aleece Thomas, was a rapper too. Influenced by her mother, Megan started writing rap when she was 16. However, she didn’t get noticed until 2016, when she published her raps on SoundCloud. That proved to a significant push for her career, as she rose to prominence as early as 2017.

About Megan’s struggles, the ‘Empire’ star said that, “She’s lost much of her family — her mother, her father, her grandmother — yet she is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps. Somebody shot her this summer, and still, people tried to tear her down.”

Explaining the selection procedure of the honorees, Time 100 editorial director Dan Macsai said, “We see the Time 100 as more than a list.  “It’s a community of hundreds of leaders from across the years and around the world whose visions can guide us and whose achievements can bring us hope.”