SoCal Protester on TIME's “Person of the Year” Cover

TIME Magazine selected people who have protested all over the world as their "Person of the year" for 2011, and the woman on the cover is an actual protester from Southern California.

Freelance photographer Ted Soqui was on the scene of a Occupy LA protest at Bank of America in Downtown LA back in November, hoping to get some interesting shots.

"The light was perfect, and I saw these people standing there, and it was like, this was a great opportunity for some photography," said Soqui.

One of the young women in the crowd stood out: 25-year-old Highland resident Sarah Mason.

Soqui started snapping away as she linked arms with other protestors.

"She had confidence for that moment, and for the Occupy movement, and even though she was locked into this human chain of people, they were locked arms," said Soqui.

An image Soqui took of Mason was transformed into the cover photo of TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue.

Soqui said he's thrilled, but Sarah Mason is a bit overwhelmed.


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"I think she's finally getting a grasp of it," said Soqui. "It's important that world leaders will see this from the common man, to the President, to Prime Ministers. Everyone in the world will recognize the person of the year."

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