Each year Time releases its list of the 100 most influential people in the world, including a wide range of individuals--from CEOs and politicians to pop stars and scientists--and needless to say it's kind of a big deal if you make the cut.
Last year, Tom Ford was the only fashion industry player to get a nod, but happily this year's list has a few more fashion peeps on it. Also happily, they're all women.
This year's list is also different because Time enlisted the help of notables like Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Couric and Stella McCartney to actually write the blurb on each honoree.
Click through to see which fashion industry players made the list.
Sarah Burton: Burton is the only fashion designer to make it on this year's list--and it's easy see why: She successfully took the reins at Alexander McQueen and, perhaps even more importantly, she's responsible for that royal wedding dress. Sarah Jessica Parker, who wrote the article on Burton, says, "Lee would be so proud." We agree!
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa Middleton: Poor Kate Middleton, she can never nab a spot on the list solo! Last year KMid shared her spot with Prince William, and now this year she's splitting it with her sister Pippa. Even funnier (or sadder?), while other honorees got labeled as "icon," "leader," or "mogul," the Middleton's only get categorized as "sisters." Still, their influence (particularly in fashion) can't be denied, and Time's Europe editor, who wrote the piece, calls them "latter-day Mona Lisas" who "show real class." [Ed. note: Maybe he wrote this pre-Pippa gun incident.]
Rihanna: Stella McCartney, who penned the pop star's blurb, calls her "one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today." If that's not an A-list endorsement we don't know what is...Here's to Rihanna wearing a lot more Stella McCartney on the red carpet!
Sara Blakely: 2012 has been a good year for the 41-year-old inventor of Spanx. Blakely was recently named by Forbes as the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire, and also made Time's list of the 100 Most Influential Fashion Icons. Leave it to Katie Couric, who wrote Blakely's blurb, to find humor in the entrepreneur's success story: "The comic irony of Spanx is that the woman who became a billionaire after inventing them doesn't even need them. Poor thing, she was a size 2 when the idea hit her."