Not only has Adam Rippon been included in Time Magazine’s annual list of the year’s 100 Most Influential People, pop icon Cher has penned the traditional letter to the honouree calling Rippon “special” and “brave”.
Cher wrote for Time:
“All figure skaters are beautiful, but Adam Rippon is different. He isn’t just a beautiful skater. He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humour.
“You could see in the leather-harness suit he wore to the Academy Awards that he isn’t afraid to take chances. It wasn’t about the suit, really. It was about the fact that he dares to be different in a world where being different always comes with a cost. I thought it was fabulous, of course.
“Adam is a skater who happens to be gay, and that represents something wonderful to young people. When I was young, I had no role models—everyone looked like Sandra Dee and Doris Day. There was nobody who made me think, Oh, I could be like them. They represent me. Adam shows people that if you put blood, sweat and tears into what you’re doing, you can achieve something that’s special. You can be special. And I think that’s very brave.”
When I got the news that I was in @TIME 100 this year, I won’t lie, I cried. I promise to continue to help others who are struggling or feel unheard. Just being yourself can be so powerful. Thank you, @cher, for the beautiful introduction. #TIME100 https://t.co/sTsozEwwmK
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) April 19, 2018