Posted: 1:29 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Miley Cyrus really did have a shot at the coveted title of Time magazine’s Person of the Year. She made the editor’s short list of top ten contenders, a group that also included President Obama, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, NSA leaker Edward Snowdon and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
But she ultimately lost to Pope Francis.
Dubbed “The People’s Pope” by the magazine, the worldwide leader of the Catholic church was named POY by the Time board of editors for a number of reasons. He’s the first pontiff from the New World, first pope from South America, but most importantly the 77-year-old has “charisma that comes out of nowhere” according to editor Howard Chua-Eon. “Hugging people you wouldn’t even want to touch, he’s washing the feet of convicts, he’s saying mass for immigrants…he wants to help people who are troubled, who are lonely, who needs an embrace.”
Better luck next year Miley. You sure did push a lot of boundaries in 2013.