Teens today might have mixed reputations, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on social media, launch companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal our hearts on the small screen to the big screen and even win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones have risen above the rest? After analyzing social media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more, Time magazine has once again determined which Hollywood teens are the most influential.
Coming in as the youngest person to represent is Moziah Bridges, 13, who turned his passion for fashion into a $200,000-a-year apparel company Mo’s Bows. The oldest person on the list is Lele Pons, 19, who just so happens to be the most watched person on Vine. Making up the inbetweeners are fan favorites, Maddie Ziegler (who’s racked up over 1.4 billion Youtube views dancing in Sia’s videos), young activist Rowan Blanchard, transgender teen Jazz Jennings and Flynn McGarry, the 16-year-old NYC restaurant prodigy.
Also on the list, is Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed. You may recall Mohamed was arrested in school earlier this year for bringing what teachers thought was a homemade bomb to school. Olivia Hallisey, who invented a new way to test for the Ebola virus also made the cut. Not surprisingly, Malala Yousafzai, who advocates tirelessly for education rights for young girls was on the list, and so was Malia Obama, whom the publication aptly calls a “cultural icon.”
As for their ability to drive the news, America’s most infamous sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also mentioned. Congrats to these young folks for standing up and standing out. What do you think of Time magazine’s latest list? Sound off in the comment section below.