And, yes, Baby Yoda also makes an appearance in the magazine.
Time magazine has chosen Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as 2019 Person of the Year. The 16-year-old is the youngest recipient of the honor.
In September, she gained international attention for taking world leaders to task for not acting on the climate crisis at the UN Climate Action Summit, and has since helped organize multi-city climate protests.
"Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet -- and the avatar of a broader generational shift in our culture that is playing out everywhere from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington," Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in the publication.
Each year, the magazine features the most influential individual, group, movement, or idea to grace its cover. Last year, it was The Guardians -- journalists who faced danger for their work -- and the year before was The Silence Breakers -- people who came forward to report sexual misconduct.
Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi and The Hong Kong protesters were considered this year.
“Painting Bob Iger was fun, but of course, like almost the entire universe, being able to paint baby Yoda at a time when he’s blowing up the internet was thrilling,” says artist Tim O’Brien, who has created more than 30 covers for TIME #TIMEPOY https://t.co/jN6wbV6H1Q pic.twitter.com/5MTTl2yq9U— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2019
"We describe it as the person who influenced the years' events most, for better or for worse. But I really think of it as Time is about the people and ideas that shape the world and Person of the Year is about the people who shaped the year," Felsenthal told CNN.
Four new categories were announced this year allowing Lizzo to be named Entertainer of the Year, for her meteoric rise with breakout hits like "Juice" and "Good As Hell."
Disney CEO Bob Iger snagged Business Person of the Year for his work on the launch of Disney+, the company's box office successes -- including the upcoming sure-to-be smash hit "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" -- and the release of his memoir. For the illustration of him in the magazine, he's seen holding onto the "Mandalorian" scene-stealer dubbed Baby Yoda.
"Not since somebody figured out that you could attach two black plastic disks to a skull cap and make everyone look like Mickey Mouse has a pair of ears sent such a buzz through a media executive," Time said.
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team was also named as Athletes of the Year, while the new category named Guardians of the Year include public servants who risked their jobs in defense of the law such as the whistleblower, Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador William Taylor, Fiona Hill, Lieut. Colonel Alexander Vindman and Mark Sandy.
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