Justin Trudeau, Priyanka Chopra and more make 100 Most Influential People list

By Sarah Walker

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of many familiar faces to make Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year, and he's in great company. Among the ranking celebrities in 2016 are Leonardo DiCaprio, Adele, Priyanka Chopra and Caitlyn Jenner.

"When I hear Justin Trudeau talk, it sounds like my Canada again," says Canadian SNL founder Lorne Michaels, who was tasked with penning the profile on the Prime Minister. "Bold, clear as a bell and progressive."

Each person included on the list received a heartfelt writeup by a friend or colleague, and Leonardo, Nicki Minaj and Priyanka star on a series of six special covers celebrating the list's power players.

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The Titanic star got a thumbs up and support from fellow eco-warrior John Kerry.

"Leo's talent is limitless, but his secret has always been pretty simple: he's real. He does his homework. He knows what he’s talking about. That's how he takes himself back in time 200 years to create an Oscar-winning, bear-brawling, powerhouse performance in The Revenant," wrote the current U.S. Secretary of State.


Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence scribed a thoughtful piece on Adele, saying, "The way she is able to capture herself, and then in turn us, has turned her into a star that’s not a star we look at, but a giant star with its own gravity that we are drawn to."

And in honour of Priyanka, Dwayne Johnson – a.k.a. The Rock – penned a few paragraphs about how she's breaking Bollywood's stereotypes.

"She has an ability to inspire people to do more and achieve more. When I look at her success from the 50,000-ft. view and see everything that Priyanka has already done, is currently doing and has the desire and the bandwidth to do, I can see that her impact is going to be invaluable."

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Melissa McCarthy, Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Kendrick Lamar, Karlie Kloss, Gael García Bernal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Charlize Theron also made the list for their sophistication and talent and/or because they spend their spare time raising awareness about a specific issue.

According to the publication, this year they put the focus on people ranging from the globally famous to the relatively anonymous, but all of whom are making an impact on the world.

"The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach. We can debate those lessons; we don’t have to endorse them or agree with them. But the influence of this year’s Time 100... is that down to the last person, they have the power to make us think. And they are using it," said the magazine's editor, Nancy Gibbs, in a statement.

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