Time Magazine Releases 2017 Person Of The Year Shortlist

Time Magazine is inching closer to revealing its coveted Person of the Year Award. The magazine's editors have narrowed down their list to ten possible candidates.

International President Powerhouses

A majority of the finalists are international leaders. If he wins the coveted spot, President Donald Trump could possibly tweet about winning a second term as Time's Person of the Year. Other leaders include Chinese President Xi Jinping, 32-year-old Saudi-Arabian Crown Mohammed bin Salman, and North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un are also contenders for the title.

#MeToo And The Dreamers

Two major movements that were front and center in current events are finalists for the coveted Time Magazine Person of the Year title. The viral sensation '#MeToo', which took over social media after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, is a worthy choice of the title. While Tarana Burke began the movement in 2007, this movement was revisited after influential celebrities such as Bette Midler and Alyssa Milano shared this hashtag. Another group that caught the Internet's attention were the Dreamers. The group consists of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States with their parents in hope for a better life. The Trump Administration has threatened the groups of individuals for the first few months of the administration with deportation.

The Influential Individuals

A diverse group of business leaders and professionals rounded out the list. It was a record-breaking year for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as he became the world's richest man and his company purchased Whole Foods Market. Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins broke box office records as Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman took the world by storm. In addition, both Jenkins and Gadot have confirmed that they will be for the sequel. While Colin Kaepernick was not on the football field this season, the worldwide protest that he started exponentially expanded as more athletes followed Kaepernick's lead and kneeled. Former FBI Director Robert Muller, who continues to investigate if the Trump Presidential Campaign partnered with Russian agents to tamper with the 2016 Presidential Election.

Previous individuals who were named Time's Person of the Year include President Barack Obama, Ben Bernanke, Mark Zuckerberg, Pope Francis, and Angela Merkel.

Time Magazine is expected to reveal its Person of the Year live on The Today Show Wednesday.

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