People Magazine has named Regina King, Dr. Fauci, George Clooney, and Selena Gomez as their 2020 people of the year. The magazine released covers featuring each celebrity and the included article explains why they were selected for the coveted honor. There is no question that 2020 was one of the most difficult years and each has been recognized for their special contributions to society.
Regina King is recognized for her professional work (she won an Oscar in 2019 and an Emmy in 2020) as well as using her voice to empower minority groups and encouraging people to vote.
Dr. Fauci is the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases and he has been the voice of reason throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Under the Trump administration, people have had a mixed response to Dr. Fauci with many of Trump’s supporters calling for his firing. Now, President-Elect Joe Biden has announced that he has asked Dr. Fauci to be his chief medical advisor as he will attempt to lead the nation to the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Like Regina King, George Clooney is being recognized for his professional contributions including his 2020 film The Midnight Sky that has garnered Oscar buzz. George has long been recognized for his charitable contributions and People is recognizing him for his monetary contributions that he made this year. Without generating a lot of fanfare, George Clooney donated $1 million to fight COVID-19, $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, and to causes such as Lebanese charities.
Selena Gomez is being recognized for her professional contributions that include her album Rare, her HBO Max show Selena + Chef, and pledged to donate 100 million over 10 years from her makeup company’s Rare Beauty’s sales to help combat mental health issues.
This marks the second annual People of the Year issue that features four honorees and covers. The special, double issue will be released on December 4, 2020.
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