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In the past year, 66-year-old Caitlyn Jenner has changed completely and yet not at all. Yes, the former Olympian and reality TV star came out as transgender and began living life as a woman. But many friends who knew Jenner during the Olympic days describe an outgoing superstar, always ready with a joke and happy to sign an autograph. Now, Jenner has jumped at what she describes as the biggest hurdle in her life with the same proffered handshakes and good humor. Watch out exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner, a runner-up for TIME’s Person of the Year, on TIME.com/poy (see link in profile). #TIMEPOY #caitlynjenner Video by @francescatrianni and @tsaiclops for TIME.
Merkel is the first woman to be named TIME’s Person of the Year since 1986, and the fourth since the magazine began the annual list in 1927.
Keep scrolling for more info on the powerful women to be recognized as TIME’s Person of the Year in the past.
1936: Wallis Warfield Simpson
Following two prior divorces, Simpson’s marriage to King Edward VIII was sure to cause crisis in the United Kingdom. As a result, King Edward VIII gave up the throne to be with her.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II
In honor of her succession to the throne following her father’s death, TIME named Queen Elizabeth II their Person of the Year in 1952.
1986: Corazon Aquino
Despite her lack of political experience, Aquino was able to become President of the Philippines and was known to many as the “Mother of the Nation.”
2015: Angela Merkel
During Merkel’s decade of reign in Germany, her powerful leadership and political ability have gained her the nicknames “Merkiavelli” and “Black Widow.”
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Every Time Nicki Minaj Fought For Women
1. "If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care. You’re talking about newspeople who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on “Anaconda” and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we’re a part of."Source:Splash News 1 of 17
2. "I talk about that all the time, I talk about record executives telling me, 'Oh no no no. Female rappers don’t make it anymore. You’ll never get away with that, and you’ll damn sure never get away with rapping and singing.' People who I loved very much attempted to deter me from experimenting with my craft, but I felt I represented all kinds of girls, not just one girl."Source:Getty 2 of 17
3. "I have a lot of freedom to be crazy. I can rap in a London accent, make weird faces, wear spandex, wigs, and black lipstick. I can be more creative than the average male rapper. And I can show my boobs. Guys can't do that."Source:JS Photography 3 of 17
4. "I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind—because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be. I thought, 'If I'm successful, I can change her life.'"Source:Getty 4 of 17
5. "Some women give me the feeling that where there's a will, there's a way."Source:Getty 5 of 17
6. "There are sexual things that I do that aren’t for a man. I feel empowered sometimes by being sexy and being comfortable enough to be sexy on camera—a lot of woman struggle with that."Source:Getty 6 of 17
7. "I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses and to be strong and to be go-getters."Source:Getty 7 of 17
8. "Every woman is multifaceted. Every woman has a switch, whether she’s going to be maternal, whether she’s going to be a man-eater, whether she has to kick ass, whether she has to be one of the boys, whether she has to show the guys that she’s just as smart or smarter, she’s just as talented or creative. Women suppress a lot of their sides."Source:Getty 8 of 17
9. "I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women. I wanted to be sexual but be playful with it."Source:Getty 9 of 17
10. "When I am assertive, I'm a bitch. When a man is assertive, he's a boss. He's bossed up. There's no negative connotation behind being bossed up. A lot of negative connotation behind being a bitch."Source:Getty 10 of 17
11. "Sometimes as women in the industry -- if you're sexy or like doing sexy things -- some people subconsciously negate your brain. They think you're stupid."Source:Getty 11 of 17
12. "I want to be seen as a hard-working businesswoman who really takes pride in writing and rapping in a way that still shows that I’m hungry."Source:Getty 12 of 17
13. "There’s nothing wrong with speaking my mind, as long as when the song cuts off I’m still a businesswoman and I still respect myself. That’s where the true balance lies in my life. Women should be allowed to be as hardcore and sexual as we want, because men do it all the time."Source:Getty 13 of 17
14. "With a video like 'Anaconda,' I'm a grown-ass fucking woman!" she says. "I stand for girls wanting to be sexy and dance, but also having a strong sense of themselves. If you got a big ol' butt? Shake it! Who cares? That doesn't mean you shouldn't be graduating from college."Source:Getty 14 of 17
15. "I’m not judging myself; I’m not dissing what I do. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’m proud of what I’m working on. I’ve accomplished something and I’m not going to be ashamed to be happy about what I’ve done."Source:Getty 15 of 17
16. "I always feel it’s important for me to show females that they can be in charge of their own situation. I came into the game creating my own brand. I was doing things very early on that set me apart from people who just took orders and allowed their brand to be created for them."Source:Getty 16 of 17
17. "I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career. I’ve done that. When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do. There are a lot of strong male rappers, who’ve influenced me a great deal in terms of my skill, my flow, and my business-savvy side. But at the end of the day, I still want to inspire women. "Source:Getty 17 of 17
TIME Person Of The Year: Meet The Only Four Women In History To Land The Cover was originally published on globalgrind.com