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This letter Cher wrote about Adam Rippon will give you all the feelings

Plus: Adele's letter to Rihanna

This letter Cher wrote about Adam Rippon will give you all the feelings
The famed skater | Photo: Wikimedia/Luu

TIME Magazine revealed their 100 Most Influential People of 2018. A lot of LGBTQ people and allies made the cut, including Adam Rippon, Kesha, and more.

What’s even better than their names simply being listed are the words written about them.

Every year, when TIME publishes this list, other imposing figures write letters about the honorees. And without fail, every year, they produce a lot of feelings.

Below are some of the best names and accompanying letters.

1. Adam Rippon (Written by Cher)

Rippon, aka everyone’s boyfriend from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this year, was named one of this year’s icons.

‘All figure skaters are beautiful, but Adam Rippon is different. He isn’t just a beautiful skater. He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humor,’ Cher writes.

‘You could see in the leather-harness suit he wore to the Academy Awards that he isn’t afraid to take chances.’

Cher adds she thought the look was ‘fabulous’.

‘Adam is a skater who happens to be gay, and that represents something wonderful to young people,’ she continues. ‘Adam shows people that if you put blood, sweat and tears into what you’re doing, you can achieve something that’s special. You can be special. And I think that’s very brave.’

Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano, fashion designer | Photo: Wikimedia/Mario Duran

2. Christian Siriano (Written by Leslie Jones)

‘When I couldn’t get a dress for the Ghostbusters premiere, Christian Siriano graciously stepped up and made me a dress like I’d known him for 10 years,’ Jones recalls. ‘He made me feel beautiful.’

The story made numerous headlines — both for the fact that people wouldn’t design for Jones because of her body type, and also because to Siriano, it was a no-brainer.

‘That’s the specialness of Christian Siriano: he makes every piece feel like you are supposed to have it and like it was made for you.’

Siriano was named one of the year’s artists.

Daniela Vega

Daniela Vega | Photo: Wikimedia/Maximilian Bühn

3. Daniela Vega (Written by Michelle Bachelet)

The former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, wrote about trans actor Daniela Vega.

‘Chile is so proud of Daniela Vega and the team that wrote and produced the movie she starred in, A Fantastic Woman, which was the first Chilean film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film,’ Bachelet says.

Bachelet writes about Vega, another icon on the list, making history as the first trans presenter at the Oscars, and concludes: ‘I also want to invite people to empathize with others and respect them, because diversity allows us to understand humanity even more.’

Rihanna

Rihanna | Photo: Wikimedia

4. Rihanna (Written by Adele)

Rihanna, yet another icon, is getting everyone talking. Adele wrote the letter for the singer and it accurately depicts how we al feel about Rihanna.

She starts off talking about Rihanna as an artist, but it’s the last paragraph that’s really special.

‘Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon. She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after.

‘But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f-ck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.’

Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe | Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore

5. Lena Waithe (Written by Kamala Harris)

‘Lena Waithe won an Emmy for writing while starring on the Netflix show Master of None, but it might be more accurate to call her a Master of Everything,’ US Senator Kamala Harris writes about another of this year’s artists.

‘Thanks to Waithe, diverse communities can turn on the TV and see vivid, funny, deeply real portrayals of people like themselves. And that’s empowering—whether you’re a student or a Senator.’

Kesha

Kesha | Photo: Wikimedia/Jasr443

6. Kesha (Written by Cyndi Lauper)

Finally, there’s Kesha, yet another icon.

‘Kesha spoke out against sexual harassment and assault long before the #MeToo movement was making headlines, and nearly lost her career as a result,’ Lauper writes.

Lauper performed Kesha’s song Praying at the Grammys this year and said she was ‘honored and thrilled’ at the inclusion.

‘It was a reminder that none of us are alone.’

Lauper finishes: ‘Thanks to Kesha and other women who have stood up for themselves to demand justice and fairness, we are starting to turn a new page. It took far too long for us to come to this cultural moment, and we’ve got a really long way to go, but thanks to people like Kesha, we’re finally starting to make progress.’


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