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Beyonce Is Time

Beyonce Is Time's 'Most Influential' Cover Girl

By JACKIE WILLIS

April 24, 2014

Beyonce Knowles has landed the cover of Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People In the World" issue and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg tells us why.

"Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a better one," Sandberg, also the chief operating officer of Facebook, says of the 32-year-old Drunk In Love singer. "Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren't afraid? appears to be, 'Watch me. I'm about to do it.' Then she adds, 'You can, too.'"

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What other celebrities made the Time 100 list? Resident twerker Miley Cyrus, A-list actor Robert Redford, Happy hip-hop mogul Pharrell Williams, tennis pro Serena Williams and Scandal's Kerry Washington.

Justin Timberlake shares why he thinks Pharrell deserves a spot on this list, telling Time, "The collaboration I have with him is like no other. He made me fearless, and I've carried that with me the rest of my life. ...His music actually does make you happy. ...Maybe that's why he still looks younger (he's 41) than the rest of us. Yep ...Pharrell Williams is having way too much fun."

Dolly Parton threw her support behind Miley, saying, "If I didn't know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her. But I've watched her grow up. So I don't. She knows what she's doing. ...She doesn't have to be so drastic. But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can't she do it her way?"

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Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett is familiar with Scandal and vouches for Washington, "In a world that too often tells little girls to choose between womanhood and success, between femininity and a seat at the head of the table, both onscreen and off Kerry Washington embodies the promise that lives in all our young people to shape their own destinies and succeed as 'gladiators' for the causes in which they believe."

Renowned film producer and film studio executive Harvey Weinstein speaks on Redford's behalf, "He has only one fault. Over the past 20 years, we've been going out to lunch. Bob always gets away without paying the bill. I saw him a couple of months ago and reminded him of that, and he said, 'You pick the place and the expensive wine and I'm in.' We dined for three and a half hours, drank expensive wine and told some whoppers of stories. As we walked out of Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar, the woman came for the check. Bob patted his pants and sport jacket and said he didn't have his wallet. It was as good a performance as I've seen, and made me laugh so hard that I put it on my account."

Do you think Beyonce deserves this cover? For the full Time 100 list, the issue hits newsstands Friday, April 25, 2014.

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