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.