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Kim Kardashian, Baby Ariel and Huda Kattan also made the list.

Gigi Gorgeous is an inspiration for millions around the globe. The trans YouTuber has documented her story online for all to share and learn from, and has gone on to be a hugely successful businesswoman in her own right. So it’s no wonder Time magazine have named Gigi one of the most influential people on the Internet.

Crediting Gigi Gorgeous for “[remaining] committed to being wildly open, especially with her more than 5 million followers across YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.”, Time magazine also trained Gigi for being one of “the world’s most visible trans women”.

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Reponding to the honour, Gigi took to Twitter and said: “Excuse my French but oh my fucking god… Such an honor. Thank you so much @TIME” [sic].

Safe to say she’s pretty happy then?


Gigi Gorgeous wasn’t the only YouTuber to make the list…

Fresh off the success of topping the list of Forbes’ most influential gamers, Markiplier has also caught the eye of Time magazine who credit his charity work amongst his Internet fame. The publication said:

“With more than 17 million subscribers and over 7 billion views on his gaming commentary videos, Fischbach has set himself apart in a multi-million dollar industry filled with successful personalities.”

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Fitness YouTuber Cassey Ho was also named one of the most influential people on the Internet for her continuous body positivity having spoken out about her eating disorder and struggle with body image back in 2016. And 16 year old Musical.ly star Baby Ariel was credited for her business acumen, having expanded from uploading lip syncing videos to building an empire.

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After the other obvious choices of Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and J.K.Rowling, interesting choices also included Donald Trump, Carter Wilkerson who really did get his nugs and the creator of Pepe the Frog. Pepe, now a symbol of the far right, has gone on quite the journey since his 2005 creation. Once the most popular meme in the world, right-wing parties began using the image to spread messages of racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism amongst other things. However, Pepe’s creator has wildly condemned these actions and tried to kill off the meme with no luck.

Do you think there are any YouTubers who should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below.


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