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Sandra Oh, Dolly Parton & Simone Biles Among 'People' Magazine's 2021 'People of the Year'

Sandra Oh, Dolly Parton & Simone Biles Among 'People' Magazine's 2021 'People of the Year'

People magazine has revealed their 2021 People of the Year!

The outlet has chosen to honor Dolly Parton, Simon Biles, Sandra Oh and America’s teachers for the contributions they’ve made over the past year.

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Dolly donated over 160 mullion books to children in need through her Imagination Library and also gave $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 research, which led to the Moderna vaccine.

“It makes my heart feel good to know that I can do something for somebody else,” she said of her philanthropic efforts this year.

Sandra Oh told the outlet, “Progress is not just sticking a bunch of people of color [into a show] and having them speak like everyone else.”

She also mentioned her new Netflix show The Chair, which centers on the first woman of color to be named head of the English Department at a prestigious college.

“The thing that I’m most proud about with ‘The Chair’ is how it’s translated to people of colour who are living and working in mostly white spaces. What I hope is that anyone who’s watching it can say, ‘That could easily be me,’” the actress said.

Simone Biles discussed the impact her own discussions about mental health changed people’s perceptions of athletes, telling the mag, “Now [people] view me as human, which makes me so happy. I fought hard. I survived. I’m proud of myself.”

People also paid tribute to America’s teachers, honoring Juliana Urtubey, National Teacher of the Year, as well as finalists John Arthur, Alejandro Diasgranados, and Maureen Stover.

The four teachers “represent the three-million-plus classroom heroes who have gone above and beyond to ensure our nation’s kids have bright opportunities ahead,” writes the mag.

Find out who was chosen for Time100‘s 2021 list!

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