Fauci — who inspired a petition to be named People’s Sexiest Man Alive earlier this year — is being recognized by the magazine for his guidance and expertise in navigating the coronavirus pandemic through his work as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci stepped up to be the doctor America needed in 2020, providing steady guidance during the pandemic,” wrote People’s editor in chief Dan Wakeford. “Even though he and his family were getting death threats, he continued to be out front, reassuring us during turbulent times with his devoted public service, unflappable common sense and life-saving leadership.”
Gomez is also being honored for her work raising awareness for mental health and the Black Lives Matter movement. The singer launched her makeup line, Rare Beauty, in September along with her Rare Impact Fund, a $100 million initiative that works to increase access to mental health resources for the next decade.
Gomez also teamed with several Black activists in June amid protests against police brutality to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement on her Instagram account, which touts more than 195 million followers.
Oscar-winning actress King is being honored for her efforts in getting out the vote, supporting marginalized communities during the pandemic and raising awareness of police brutality.
Clooney is being recognized for the civil rights advocacy he does through his Clooney Foundation for Justice. The actor also donated $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative following the police killing of George Floyd in May, donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Italy, London and Los Angeles and donated to Lebanese charities following the deadly explosion in Beirut in August.
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