These accomplished adolescents join previous influencers Lorde, Simone Biles and Joshua Wang in global impact.
Now these are teen titans.
Time revealed its annual 30 Most Influential Teens list for 2017 on Thursday, and while several of these young men and women are famous for their acting, songwriting and modeling work, every one of them is a star.
The magazine picked its accomplished adolescents based on their achievements across numerous fields, their global impact through social media, as well as their ability to drive news. Previous notable influencers have included singer Lorde, gold medal gymnast Simone Biles and political activist Joshua Wang. Keep an eye on this year’s class, including these 10 listed in order of youngest to oldest. They’re only just getting started.
Millie Bobby Brown, 13, has already received an Emmy nomination for playing the mysterious, super-powered Eleven (nee Jane) on Netflix hit “Stranger Things.” The role not only inspired countless memes and one of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes – it’s also got her signed with IMG Models, rapping at the Golden Globes and landing the covers of Entertainment Weekly and InStyle.
Mikaila Ulmer, 13, built buzz to save honeybees by running the Healthy Hive Foundation, a nonprofit to raise awareness about the disappearing bees, and how that hurts our ecosystem. Oh, and she’s built her grandmother’s lemonade recipe into the Me & The Bees Lemonade brand stocked at more than 300 Whole Foods Markets, which gives 10% of proceeds to honeybee advocate groups. She’s also working on a children’s book.
Moziah Bridges, 15, launched his Mo’s Bows handmade bow-tie business when he was just 9 years old, working at his grandma’s kitchen table. It’s now worth $1.5 million, and has appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” He’s working to expand globally as he graduates high school and gets his driver’s license.
Salvador Gómez Colón, 15, started a Generosity campaign called “Light and Hope for Puerto Rico” after Hurricane Maria hit his home country. He’s raised $75,000 and counting for solar lamps, hand-operated washing machines and other supplies that he and his neighbors need while most of the island is still without electricity.
Rayouf Alhumedhi, 16, is the Vienna high school student who proposed Apple’s new headscarf emoji; she’s Muslim, is originally from Saudi Arabia and wears a hijab, herself. She appealed to Apple and the Unicode Consortium, and won the backing of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian to make this happen.
Auli’i Cravalho, 16, voiced Moana in the hit Disney film that made more than $640 million at the box office worldwide. Next up, she’s starring on NBC’s high school drama “The Rise” premiering in January that follows a school drama department in a struggling Pennsylvania steel town.
Kaia Gerber, 16, is strutting in mom Cindy Crawford’s stiletto steps as a high fashion model for Versace and Alexander Wang, gracing the cover of “Vogue Paris” and walking in more than a dozen shows at New York Fashion Week last September.
Noah Cyrus, 17, is stepping out from the shadow of big sister Miley and dad Billy Ray with her debut album “NC-17,” which is more moody and emo than her family’s famous pop and country tracks. Her first single, “Make Me (Cry),” topped Spotify’s global viral charts, and she opened for Katy Perry in New York City.
Willow Smith, 17 and Jaden Smith, 19, kids of Will and Jada Pinkett, keep pushing boundaries with their art. Willow is a Chanel ambassador, boasts 2.4 million Instagram followers, and has released a new single, “Romance.” Jaden is releasing his debut album “SYRE” on Nov. 17, after already making his mark as an actor in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and an entrepreneur who launched Just Water.
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