López Obrador and Yalitza, among the 100 most influential people

This year, the TIME 100 list includes two Mexicans: Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Yalitza Aparicio

López Obrador and Yalitza, among the 100 most influential people according to TIME magazine
President López Obrador and Yalitza Aparicio have been named among 100 of the most influential people of 2019 - Photo: Left: Ueslei Marcelino/REUTERS, Right: Chris Pizzello/AP
English 17/04/2019 12:03 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales Mexico City Actualizada 12:03

Each year, TIME magazine releases a list of the 100 most influential people on earth, including activists, politicians, leaders, artists, and athletes.

This year, the TIME 100 list includes Michelle Obama, Jacinda Ardern, Robert Mueller, Massimo Bottura, Spike Lee, LeBron James, and two Mexicans: Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Yalitza Aparicio.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

In July 2018, López Obrador's profile won the presidential election with 30 million votes, a historical number. Journalist Jorge Ramos writes that the Mexican President “travels in economy class and refuses to live in the presidential mansion of Los Pinos; his main message is against corruption; and every morning, at 7 a.m., he gives a press conference (known as la -mañanera). Yes, it is in sharp contrast with previous leaders. But is that what Mexico really needs?.”

Therefore, although Ramos acknowledges that López Obrador is different from previous leaders but says the leader has failed to denounce the situation in Venezuela or confront Donald Trump. Jorge Ramos concludes by saying that “AMLO waited 12 years to become President, and he is in a hurry to act. But sooner or later he will realize that just one person cannot save Mexico. Others have tried and failed”

Yalitza Aparicio

Yalitza took the film industry and Mexican society by storm. On one hand, she became the leading actress in Alfonso Cuarón's film ROMA, which won dozens of awards all over the world, breaking away from the white actresses that dominate the Mexican film and TV industry and on the other hand, she forced Mexican society to confront discrimination and racism. Now, the Mexican actress has become a bold feminist activist who has vowed to fight for domestic workers and Indigenous women.

Alfonso Cuarón describes her as “She’s incredibly grounded in her truth and not easily swept away by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. She focuses on being a force of change and empowerment for indigenous women, embracing the symbolic value of what she has done and carrying that responsibility with dignity and grace.”

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