Time magazine honours 30 game-changing youngsters
Time has announced this year’s list of the world’s most influential teens, with activists, social media entrepreneurs and those inciting rousing conversations filling the 30 spots. To qualify, Time considers the person’s accomplishments, social media impact, and influence in driving news.
So, who’s made it this year?
We were very pleased to see female education activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai made the list. The 19-year-old was once dubbed ‘the most famous teenager in the world’, and her influence continues to make a global impression.
Two of the youngest teens include Sia collaborator Maddie Ziegler and Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, who are both just 14 years old.
Jaden Smith was another stand out name. Since challenging traditional gender norms by donning a skirt in the Louis Vuitton SS16 campaign, Jaden has gone on to launch a clothing line and arts collective called MSFTSrep, in an attempt to continue subverting stereotypes.
Another name we were happy to see is Barbara Ferreira, aka @Barbienox. The young plus-sized model has a refreshingly positive approach to body image. Having only really landed on our radar earlier this year when her pictures for Aerie’s unretouched ad campaign launched, she’s made a swift ascent to becoming an encouraging role model for women of all ages.
And of course, no celeb-focused list would be complete without Kylie Jenner. The 19-year-old, who is the youngest of the Kardashian sisters, has built an influential beauty brand which now includes a Kylie Lip Kit and KyShadow, as well as legions of social-media followers who share her passion for reinvention. Big sis Kendall was missing from the list however, as at 20 she’s aged out.
Other honorees include Sasha and Malia Obama, the first ever male Covergirl ambassador James Charles and several Olympians including Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Yusra Mardini.