Who Is TIME Magazine’s ‘Coolest Person Of The Year’?

Barack Obama may be TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year”, but even with all of his fistbumbing and trendsetting ways, he failed to earn the ever-coveted title of “Coolest Person of the Year”. Better luck next year, Prez.

The honor instead went to Lena Dunham, who, we will admit, does live in Brooklyn and date a member of an indie band, and thus is probably a tad more qualified for the accolade.

In a lengthy preamble, writer Joel Stein explains that he consultant numerous title-holding “experts” from a variety of fields (America’s Next Top Model winner Laura James nominated herself), but he settled on the Girls creator and star for the following reasons:

The 2012 Coolest Person of the Year is a woman who was unafraid to showcase her flaws. A woman who wore less makeup on TV than in real life and purposely shot herself naked in more unflattering ways than a blackmailer would. A woman whose entire persona is based on doing the wrong thing yet who reportedly got a $3.7 million advance for an advice book. A woman who made an Obama campaign video centering on a double entendre about losing her virginity to the President. A woman who was nominated for four Emmys and, far cooler, zero People’s Choice Awards. A woman who responded to 2010 Coolest Person James Franco’s harsh Huffington Post essay criticizing Girls, the HBO show she created and stars in, by saying she’s a big James Franco fan.


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