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By definition, TIME’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people features powerful individuals. But how well can they display that power at a moment’s notice? We decided to find out on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Gala in New York Tuesday night.

Watch as current and former TIME 100 honorees like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who glares and points straight at the camera, NBC anchor Lester Holt with a steely death-stare and Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan using a “single arm, kinda hip out, toe forward” strategy, showcase their best power poses.

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah, on the other hand, tries to “channel someone who believes they’re very powerful” and ends up with closed eyes and a duckface.

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