Nikki Haley Time Magazine Sept 18

In this image shared  by Time Magazine on Twitter, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley appears on the cover of Sept. 18 edition. The magazine tweeted other variations of the cover Thursday morning. Courtesy of Time Magazine.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will appear in a special issue of Time magazine celebrating 46 women who are changing the world.

Each woman featured in the Sept. 18 edition was given a short description.

The magazine dubbed Haley "The Leader."

The former South Carolina governor will appear alongside other female pioneers such as Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Madeleine Albright.

As the first Indian-American woman elected governor, Haley told the magazine that growing up in Bamberg, South Carolina came with a unique set of challenges that shaped her.

"We were the only Indian family in town. Nobody knew who we were or what we were. My father wore a turban, my mother wore a sari, and we were different," Haley said. "But my parents always said that the things that make you different make you special."

Haley said she told her brother as a child that she wanted to be the mayor of Bamberg because "that was as high as I could see." 

But Haley would go much higher than that.

From 2011 to 2017, Haley served as governor of the Palmetto State. She cut her second term short when President Donald Trump tapped her to become America's ambassador to the United Nations. 

The magazine tweeted different cover images Thursday morning of its upcoming Sept. 18 edition, including one featuring Haley.

However, according to the publication's website and digitized archive of its cover art, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be featured on the cover.

The project called "Firsts" will also be turned into a book, which will be sold starting Sept. 19.

Nancy Gibbs, Time's managing editor, wrote that the intent of the female-focused project is for "every woman and girl to find someone who moves her, to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular." 

Haley has appeared in Time magazine before. In April 2016, she was named to one of the magazine's "top 100 influential people." She was also named one of "10 politicians to watch" during that same year.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.