Kylie Jenner, Jaden Smith Make TIME’s List of 30 Influential Teens
TIME magazine's annual list of the most influential teens is a mishmash of young achievers, ranging from pop culture icons (Jaden Smith, Shawn Mendes), entrepreneurs and business professionals (Shark Tank's Moziah Bridges, Tiffany Zhong), social activists (Jazz Jennings) and everyone in between.
While you may scoff at the idea of reality star Kendall Jenner sharing list space of equal importance with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, it would be naive to deny that they both have major influence on their respective audiences; it just manifests itself in different ways.
According to TIME, the magazine compiles its list based on each teen's "accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news." When you consider this definition, it makes sense that Kylie Jenner -- who boasts an audience of over 60 million people across all her social media platforms -- would find a place here.
There are also celebrities who use their vast visibility as a platform to speak on social issues -- Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg, who've have been outspoken about the media's influence on body image and on cultural appropriation, made the cut, along with Rowan Blanchard, whose articulate and in-depth Tumblr essay sparked a much-needed debate about the importance of intersectional feminism among teens and various media outlets alike.
The list also includes teen athletes who made waves in their respective fields, like the 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi who became both the youngest ever and the first woman to complete Spain’s notoriously difficult “Open Your Mind Direct” rock-climbing route and Lydia Ko, who beat Tiger Woods' record at the age of 17, becoming the youngest golfer to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
You can check out the full list of massively successful and influential teens over at TIME's website.
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