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They sang their hearts out. They made us laugh. They set out to save the planet. They tugged at our heart strings. They gave it their all on the court. They took the big screen by storm. They ran for office. They held office and made history.

Some are role models. Some are models of what not to be.

These are the 12 people who shaped our year, as told by the most-read biographies and interviews in Texture during 2015. Just tap each story title to read, or claim your free Texture trial for full access to all the world’s best magazines.

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Amy Schumer: The Force Is Strong with This One

GQ

“It’s the expectation of how a woman is going to be, or should be: Be sweet and likable and apologize for stealing oxygen from the world,” says Schumer, who has destroyed stereotypes to become one of the best comedians of our time.

Serena Williams: Sportsperson of the Year

Sports Illustrated

She had a dominant season, but Williams is on a quest for something bigger and maybe even more challenging: answers to some of the toughest questions of our time about race, femininity and power.

Reese Witherspoon: Woman of the Year

Glamour

Reese Witherspoon is “…making movies, telling stories, giving women opportunities…because she wants her daughter to have an example of what it’s like to be a responsible human.” -Chelsea Handler

Donald Trump: At Home With The Trumps

People

Sitting down for an interview with People in his office at Trump Tower, Donald Trump is charming, candid (he answered any question posed to him)…and very confident.

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Taylor Swift: Two For The Show

Vogue

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss have forged the kinds of careers, and the kind of friendship, that people dream about.

Angela Merkel: Person of the Year

TIME

The girl who would grow up to be called the most powerful woman in the world came of age behind the Berlin Wall, in a dappled glade shadowed by tall pines.

Jennifer Lawrence: Entertainer of the Year

Entertainment Weekly

At just 25, she’s both an Oscar winner and Hollywood’s most bankable actress. As she bids farewell to Katniss and hello to her most adult role yet, Jennifer Lawrence is done playing games.

Adele: She's The One

Rolling Stone

She refused to release another heartbreak album, and 25 did not disappoint. As the album continues to top the charts, Adele shines through her music, her attitude and her brand new family.

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Elon Musk: Tesla's Secret Formula

Forbes

The CEO has made electric cars sexy and commercial space travel a reality, but Elon Musk won’t stop there. Now he wants to save the planet.

LeBron James: LeBron's Time

Sports Illustrated

He has already logged more minutes than Magic or Larry Bird, but LeBron James won’t be satisfied until he’s won what the Warriors took from him in June. It’s LeBron’s time.

Pope Francis: The Gentle Revolutions of Pope Francis

Rolling Stone

The times they are a-changin’ at the Vatican. The 266th vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth, Pope Francis, has tripled attendance at papal events to nearly 6.6 million spectators.

Ronda Rousey

ESPN The Magazine

For the first time since her devastating loss, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey speaks about what it means to be a female athlete, in both victory and defeat.