The youth is definitely the future, and it’s nice to say lots of kids are influencing others for the better. This year on TIME magazine’s most influential teens, the top spots were taken by Zendaya, Malia Obama and Amandla Stenberg. Jaden Smith and “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” singer Silentó were also named on the 30 Most Influential Teens list.
It’s easy to see why Zendaya is in the top, after all the 19-year old has grown up in the public eye and remains humble. No one can forget how she respectfully defended her hair when Giuliana Rancic said that her locs looked like they smelled like “patchouli and weed”?) and constantly emits body positivity. The triple threat told TIME:
“I keep it real. I do what Zendaya does. I do what Zendaya feels like doing.”
Next to Zendaya was Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg. At only 17 she has become a huge icon and inspiration for young Black women all around. Earlier this year a video she made went viral, speaking about expelling cultural appropriation in pop culture.
First Daughter Malia Obama was selected for her increasing status and influence. It’s no doubt that the world is awaiting her college decision, and after a picture of her in a Pro Era shirt went viral, the views on Joey Bada$$’s Wikipedia page went CRAZY. Not to mention people freaked out when they saw her at homecoming, and at a party.
Other names on the list were Ahmed Mohamed, Martin Odegaard, Bindi Irwin, and Kylie Jenner. Who else do you think should’ve been on it?