Time Names 2015’s Most Influential Teens
Making us feel subordinate in our (relatively) older age, Time has released its list of 2015’s 30 most influential teens. And seriously, these kids are incredible—from entrepreneurs to social activists, this standout group has amassed a lifetime’s worth of accolades before the age of 20. A few familiar faces are (unsurprisingly) included—Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Malia Obama and Zendaya being a few. Here are 5 others we were excited to see on the list—head to Time to check out the full lineup of impressive teens.
Maddie Ziegler, 13
Whether you recognize her from Dance Moms or Sia's music videos, you likely know one thing: the girl's got serious moves. And after popping up in various front rows at NYFW last season, we anticipate a fashionable future for this dancing machine.
Rowan Blanchard, 14
The whip-smart actress and fashionista is emerging as one of the youngest (and loudest) voices for modern feminist causes. And between speaking at June's UN Women's summit and touting over 2.8 million followers on Instagram, she's definitely being heard.
Jazz Jennings, 15
A fearless teen in the transgender community, Jennings has identified as female since age 5. She has since gone on to share her story with names including Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey, and through her TLC docu-series I Am Jazz.
Amandla Stenberg, 17
Outspoken on the topic of cultural appropriation, Stenberg is the young actress that called out Kylie Jenner on social media for her controversial cornrows. The Hunger Games star continues to examine the (often complicated) role of the black community in pop culture, taking to Instagram and Tumblr to share her thoughtful analyses.
Malala Yousafzai, 18
Malala's story is truly remarkable—the native Pakistani was shot in the head by the Taliban while riding the bus to school when she was 15 years old. Since her miraculous recovery from this incident, she has become an avid activist for female education and a revered symbol for peaceful protest. (Did we mention she's won a Nobel Peace Prize?)