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Oprah Covers People’s “25 Women Changing The World” Issue

Oprah leads the pack of women changing the world in People magazines “25 Women Changing The World” Issue on newsstands this Friday.


Inside the Issue, Oprah shares the 5 moments that changed her life, including not marrying her “forever” boyfriend, Stedman Graham.

“Life is a huge classroom, and when you learn one lesson, you get to move on to the next one.”- Oprah honored for empowering women for decades.

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Swearing off sensationalist tv was a moment that changed the media mogul’s life, and we’re thankful that she did!

“The show with a man, his wife . . . and his mistress,” Winfrey recalls. “At the time, the producers thought this was one of the greatest bookings we could ever get. We thought, ‘He’s agreed to come on with his girlfriend? This is unbelievable.’ Then there was a moment when the man says to his wife, ‘You know what? There’s nothing you can do about [the affair], because [my mistress] is pregnant.’ We were live and I didn’t know he was going to tell her, nor did the producers know.”

“It’s one of my greatest shames, but a shameful act that allowed me to make the shift, because I go, ‘Never again will I do that to somebody,’” she says. “If I hadn’t, I would have been out of television much sooner.”

Actress Taraji P. Henson is featured for her work with mental health, and the foundation she started in her late father’s name.

My father always told me, ‘If you are blessed, then it’s your job to go out to the world and bless someone else.”

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Senator Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and actress Zoe Saldana are also featured.

For a look at all of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, pick up this week’s Issue, on newsstands Friday.