7 Latinos on TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World

TIME magazine released their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and Beyoncé took home the number one spot as pop music's reigning queen. While Queen Bey may be lauded as the most influential person on the planet, several notable Latinos also made the list. From Alfonso Cuarón to Christy Turlington Burns, see which Latinos are among the world's 100 most influential people: 

1. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Ricky Martin paid tribute to this young Latina in the “Leaders” section of the list. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew spent the first 18 years of her life in foster care, victimized by sex traffickers in streets, strip clubs and massage parlors. “Now a college student, T has become a beacon of hope, raising her voice against the world’s $96 billion human-trafficking industry, which exploits 27 million victims, including millions of youths and children,” Martin wrote. “Testifying last October before Congress, T turned her words into action, offering practical tools to improve the child-welfare system.”


2. Alfonso Cuarón

Producer J.J. Abrams wrote the touching tribute to Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón for the magazine. “Alfonso is making original films, creating new worlds and introducing us to characters not based on a corporation’s fave existing IP (intellectual property)," he said. "Like a certain character you may have seen floating alone in space, Alfonso doesn’t have much company in the rarefied air in which he, lucky for us all, lives and creates. Here’s to his staying in orbit.”


3. Pope Francis

The most likable Pope in modern history earned a spot on the “Icons” portion of the list. His brief biography was written by President Barack Obama. “His Holiness has moved us with his message of inclusion, especially the poor, the marginalized, and the outcast," Obama wrote. "But it has been his deeds, his bearing, the gestures at once simple and profound -- embracing the sick, ministering to the homeless, washing the feet of young prisoners -- that have inspired us all.”


4. Christy Turlington Burns

Melinda Gates wrote the tribute to Christy Turlington Burns, a former model and the co-founder of Every Mother Counts, an organization that provides health education, medicine, and emergency care in poor countries. “Christy focuses like a laser on efficiency,” Gates writes. “Every Mother Counts promises that a $1 donation means $1 in the hands of people saving lives. And the wind is at her back: Maternal mortality is down by almost half since 1990, a leading indicator of a better world, because mothers are the beating heart of communities. When they are healthy, everyone thrives. Christy is helping make that happen.”


5. Nicolás Maduro

TIME describes Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as “the man who holds Venezuela’s future.” “A year on, lacking Chávez’s firm grip on power, Maduro is struggling as a litany of ills - from soaring inflation to food shortages - fans popular discontent,” TIME Senior Editor Nikhil Kumar writes. “All this in a country that many in the region trade with or depend on for cheap oil. Whether it collapses now depends on Maduro -- and on whether he can step out of the shadow of his pugnacious predecessor and compromise with his opponents.”


6. José Mujica

Uruguayan President José Mujica has made headlines in the last year for his revolutionary move to legalize pot in the country. “It is still early days for the new policy,” writes Meghan McCain in the tribute. “But on President Mujica’s watch, Uruguay has embarked on a bold and fascinating experiment that will be closely watched by supporters of legalization in other countries -- including myself.”


7. Michelle Bachelet

The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, is lauded by the magazine as a “passionate champion of women’s rights." “She has always displayed extraordinary resilience and intelligence in addressing the toughest of issues,” writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women. “Her governance style is an unusual combination of humanity and solid leadership. She is gentle and accessible, yet also strong and determined. As she has said, she is ‘just another Chilean woman who works, cares for her house and goes to the supermarket.’ But she is also a ‘woman with a calling for social struggle and public service.’”