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From championing philanthropic causes the world over, to dominating entertainment news for the best break up or break down, these 16 distinctive individuals all deserve a special crown of their own.

The Comeback Queen of the Year is… Mariah Carey

That’s what happens when you marry a billionaire…and then not.

The Transformation Queen of the Year is…Khloe Kardashian

Her #RevengeBody is serving up major goals for 2017.


The Fitness Queen of the Year is… Izabel Goulart

The Victoria’s Secret angel is on fire—from heating things up on the runways and on vacation in St Barts, to burning calories in her many fitness videos on Instagram.

The Ratchet Queen of the Year is… Rihanna

There can only be one. (Though model and athleisure aficionado Bella Hadid is hot on her heels)

The Flashy (read: Fleshy) Queen of the Year is… Chrissy Teigen

It would’ve been Emily Ratajkowski, but she sent nude Christmas cards to her parents and that’s just wrong.

The Queen Mother of the Year is… The Queen

Because, #TheCrown.

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The Entrepreneurial Queen of the Year is…Kylie Jenner

Carve her name in ice and watch the Eskimos get in line.

This year’s Queen with a Cause is… Michelle Obama

She may be FLOTUS no more, but her style and worldwide crusade to Let Girls Learn and Let’s Move! we will continue to support for decades to come.

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The Runway Queen of the Year is… Kendall Jenner

Runways, fashion weeks, front rows, parties, pavements…where she walked, she dominated.

This year’s Queen of all Millennial Queens is… Gigi Hadid

G is for Gigi, but it’s also for #Goals.

This year’s Queen of Grace (Under Pressure) is… Kim Kardashian

Silence was her loudest scream.

The Most Inspiring Queen of the Year is… Melinda Gates

Besides the billions the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to the world, her efforts have sparked key trends in effective philanthropy with targeted campaigns and data-driven monitoring.

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The Cougar Queen of the Year is… Jennifer Lopez

It was Martha Stewart for most of 2016, then Jenny from the block had “One Dance”. #Drake

The Cancelled Queen of the Year… Taylor Swift

No doubt, she did pretty amazing things this year, but she also pulled a swift one on Calvin Harris; agreed to be “Famous”; and just played the victim card one too many times. Now we’ve got “Bad Blood”.

The Digital Queen of the Year is… Sheryl Sandberg

Selena Gomez rules social media, but Sheryl is one-half of the key driving force behind Facebook, which also owns and operates Instagram, Whatsapp, Moves, Oculus and more.

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The Drama Queen of the Year is… Kanye West

We had to. And because you know what would happen if we gave it to anyone else.

By Dana Koh