Every year since 2004, Time has published a list of 100 influential people around the world. While some names are expected—like the President of the United States—other names come to readers as a total surprise. So, we were delighted to see that DIY power couple Joanna and Chip Gaines were listed as one of Time’s pick for their 2019 list.
Joanna and Chip Gaines were one of the 17 listed in the “Artists” category, alongside other famous names like Ariana Grande, Dwayne Johnson and Brie Larson. So why was this couple chosen as one of the most influential artists of 2019?
In 2016, Time published an article about their chosen list, stating that the list lets them “step back and measure the forces that move us.” Nancy Gibbs, a former writer and editor in chief for Time, writes that “one way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of. They are seekers, with a fearless willingness to be surprised by what they find.”
Edward Felsenthal, the current editor-in-chief and CEO of Time, writes that Time 100 “is a community of hundreds of global leaders, many of who support and challenge one another. And at a time when so many of our problems require cross-disciplinary solutions, they are also uniquely positioned to effect change.”
Each person chosen was spotlighted by specific public figures. Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback and professional baseball player, was the one to write up a couple of small paragraphs about Joanna and Chip Gaines. His tribute to them was incredibly touching.
“I saw firsthand the genuine passion they have for making a difference in people’s lives,” writes Tebow. “They are also grounded in strong faith, which keeps them focused on what truly matters in life. People matter. Loving people matters. And Jo and Chip are amazing at loving people.”
Between their love, their leadership, and their desire to create change in this world, Joanna and Chip Gaines were a perfect fit for Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Now we really can’t wait for them to come back to television in 2020!