A lot happened in 2015, and not all of it was good. From terrorist attacks to natural disasters, there were plenty of tragedies plaguing humanity. But lucky for us, there were also a lot of incredible, inspiring, and all-around awesome people in 2015 who helped spread a little sunshine throughout the world. Many of the stars on this list of the best people of 2015 have won us over through some magic combination of charm, talent, political influence, and/or genuine social change, and we felt that it was important to honor them.
A few of our inspiring people of 2015 are totally new to stardom, and just recently found a place in our hearts. There are also some familiar stars on this list who just did something new and different in 2015 that made us look at them in another light. The rest are just cool people who went viral in 2015.Looking for a little pick-me-up? Why not reflect back on all these awesome people who became part of our cultural lexicon (and our lives) this year. Enjoy!
Cecil the Lion
Cecil might not be a person, but he still won our hearts. When Walter Palmer, a dentist/recreational hunter/terrible human, killed this extraordinary thirteen-year-old lion, the Internet rallied around Cecil and turned him into an international anti-hunting symbol.Palmer continues to clean teeth in Minnesota.