Zendaya, Malia Obama, Amandla Stenberg Named as ‘TIME’ Magazine’s Most Influential Teens

TIME magazine recently released it’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list, and amongst the 30 stellar teens rocking our timelines in 2015, we found three of our favorite girls: Malia ObamaAmandla Stenberg, and Zendaya . Here are a few reasons why these young darlings are making our future just a tad bit brighter:


Amandla Stenberg first entered our lives in her breakout role as Rue in 2012’s The Hunger Games , but it was her fearless approach on addressing the negative affects of cultural appropriation in and out of Hollywood that has held our attention. Never afraid to share what many of us are thinking, Amandla has even called out some of her celebrity peers for not taking a stand and crediting black culture for looks deemed new and trendy by mainstream media. She’s also just released the novel turned comic book Niobe.


Malia Obama proves that you can be the First Daughter of the United States and still enjoy life as a carefree teen. Recently, she made headlines during a visit to the campus of Brown University which sparked a buzz of whether or not the school would be Malia’s final college choice. Malia was also seen keeping busy during the summer while interning on the set of the HBO’s hit series Girls in Brooklyn alongside Lena Dunham. A nice touch to her college applications!


Zendaya has continually made waves with her powerful messages on body impression and the importance of keeping it real. At just 19 years old, she has elegantly silenced critics and educated the masses on the beauty of diversity and the freedom associated with embracing yourself for who you truly are. Mattel, the creators of Barbie and other classic dolls, took notice of Zendaya’s feminism and created a look-alike Zendaya doll dressed in a replica of her Vivienne Westwood Oscar’s dress and faux locs.

Congrats ladies! To see the full list of teens, click here.

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