— TIME.com (@TIME) April 16, 2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's photo for the "Time 100" is perfect. Wearing a glove, she holds her hand to her face with a slight smirk. The pose looks like something inspired by a rap album cover, and the glove evokes early Madonna. She looks like a justice, but she also looks like a rock star. It's the ultimate visual representation of the meme that has become "The Notorious RBG."
Ginsburg's evolution into a progressive millennial icon has come thanks to her Supreme Court opinions and outspokenness. The "Notorious" Tumblr didn't hurt either.
She's also arguably the most visible justice, sitting down for interviews frequently, with MSNBC in February, and last year with places like Yahoo News and Elle. She makes appearances more than most of her colleagues, according to SCOTUS map, which tracks their appearances at events like writer's conferences, state bar luncheons and awards ceremonies. And, unlike your usual prudent jurist, she's not boring.
She admitted in February she dozed off during the State of the Union because she wasn't "100 percent sober," and she knows about her online fandom. ("My grandchildren love it," she told the New Republic in September. "At my advanced age -- I'm now an octogenarian -- I'm constantly amazed by the number of people who want to take my picture.")
Internet culture loves self-aware seniors almost as much as it loves cats and cute babies. Get a good Vine of your grandma dancing or lip-syncing, and it could be looped hundreds of thousands of times. There's something about our elders proving they're in touch with pop culture and technology that's surprising and entertaining.
The 82-year-old might be getting up there in age, but for her fans, she's with it. And her Time 100 shot may very well be the lasting visual expression of her role as a liberal millennial icon. At least the visual expression that wasn't illustrated, photoshopped, GIFed or made out of Legos.