TIME Magazine revealed its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world on September 22, and Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, has been named on the list.
The ‘WAP’ rapper appeared on the cover of the issue and has been listed among the notable names such as basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir.
The 25-year-old rapper shared the cover of the TIME magazine, and wrote the following message through her verified Instagram account by highlighting that she did not forget where she had come from:
“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 🌎”
Megan’s tribute was written by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson:
“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. She was shot this summer, and still, people tried to tear her down. But she’s out here still loving and being sweet… The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger. And we got her. I just want her to keep winning.”
Following the Instagram post celebrating the TIME cover, a good number of celebrities – Lizzo, Taraji P. Henson, Chloe x Halle, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Trey Songz, Tina Knowles, Khalid, and Juicy J– in order to congratulate her. However, an Instagram user asked:
“What you influence? You tell little girls to have a WAP.”
See below to view the mentioned Instagram post.