Kylie Jenner. Picture: Instagram
Kylie Jenner. Picture: Instagram

Kylie Jenner, Kanye West and Rihanna make TIME's 25 most influential list

By Carmelita Fredericks Time of article published Jun 28, 2018

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TIME magazine has rounded its 25 most influential people on the internet, and celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Rihanna, Busy Philipps and Korean pop band BTS have made the cut. 

Despite the recent controversy that's surrounded West, and calls for the rapper to be “cancelled,” his recently released album, Ye, debuted atop the Billboard 200.

In March 2018, Rihanna posted an Instagram story denouncing an ad that appeared on Snapchat that used her image to make light of domestic violence, of which she is a survivor. Soon after, Snap Inc. lost $800 million in value.

And the Kardashian-Jenner clan's youngest sibling ousting Beyoncé's 2017 pregnancy photo to become the most-liked image ever posted on the platform when she revealed her newborn Stormi's name. A couple weeks later, she tweeted about her lack of interest in Snapchat, prompting the app’s parent company to lose more than $1.3 billion in market value.

The magazine sized up contenders for its annual list by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.

Others who made the 25-entry list include disgraced YouTube star Logan Pail and his brother Jake, and social activists Shaun King, Eman al-Nafjan and the students of Parkland, Florida, pushing for gun reform.

Fitness fundi Kayla Istines also made the list as a "fitfluencer". The 27-year-old Australian entrepreneur and personal trainer has nearly 10 million Instagram followers and her signature app, Sweat, has been downloaded more than 30 million times. 

So did President Donald J. Trump — he does have 53 million followers, after all.

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