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STEP 1: JAY-Z
The rapper – who leads the pack of nominees at the Grammy Awards with nine nods – took a literal approach when it came time to unveil the album art for Magna Carta … Holy Grail last summer. For the month of July, the cover was on display at England’s Salisbury Cathedral next to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta in an art installation that would make King John proud.
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STEP 2: QUEEN ELIZABETH
From music royalty to Her Majesty: Thousands gathered in Salisbury to tip their fascinators to the Queen on her 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour celebrating 60 years of her reign. As she made her way to the cathedral, she met with children working on a Magna Carta-related project (of the non-hip-hop variety), reports the BBC.
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STEP 3: MALALA YOUSAFZAI
Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ education and survivor of a 2012 Taliban assassination attempt, played hooky last October to meet Queen Elizabeth. The 16-year-old gave the royal a copy of her book, I Am Malala, and discussed the importance of education, reports USA Today.
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STEP 4: AMERICA FERRERA
“Beauty is not in the face. Beauty is in the light in the heart,” Yousafzai told the audience gathered at November’s Glamour Women of the Year awards, where the honoree was introduced to the stage by .
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STEP 5: STEVEN SPIELBERG
Ferrera took home honors for Ugly Betty at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. Just as cool: She rubbed elbows with Spielberg at the InStyle and Warner Bros. afterparty.
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STEP 6: BILL CLINTON
Better than an Oscar? The 42nd president of the U.S. presented Spielberg with the 2009 Liberty Medal, which is rewarded by the National Constitution Center to honor leadership in the pursuit of freedom.
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STEP 7: BETTY WHITE
Clinton didn’t steal a smooch from White when she auctioned off a kiss for charity at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards. But he did leave the ceremony with the inaugural Advocate for Change Award for his support of the LGBT community.
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STEP 8: BO OBAMA
The Golden Girl landed a meeting with the White House’s most famous resident – and we’re not talking about President Barack Obama. White met First Dog Bo during a June 2012 (pre-Sunny!) visit to Washington, D.C. “He’s the cutest guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” she said of the Portuguese water dog. “I spent a half-hour with him on my lap.”
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STEP 9: OPRAH WINFREY
One of ‘s favorite things must be meeting famous people, but we imagine shaking Bo’s fluffy white paw was truly an aha moment. While taping her 2009 White House Christmas special, she squeezed in some face-time with the well-trained First Dog, who high-fived her right on cue.
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STEP 10: ELTON JOHN
Winfrey scored one of the best seats in the house at a June 2008 charity dinner marking the late Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. She sat between Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton and Sir Elton John.
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