Malala, Obama’s daughters on Time’s ‘influential teens’ list


NEW YORK:  Pakistan’s Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, the daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama, entertainers and girls in sports were among those who made Time’s annual list of most influential teenagers, according to the magazine.

Malala, 17, America’s first daughters Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13; and Grammy-winning New Zealand singer Lorde, 17;  were all on the unranked list dominated by 20 females.

“Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence,” former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in Tuscon, Arizona, in 2011, wrote of Ms. Yousafzai in this year’s Time 100. “We will speak, no matter how hard it is to do so.”

Time said it compiled its list of 25 teens – 29, counting accolades shared by siblings and partners – by analyzing their social media following, business successes and cultural importance.

The youngest were Sasha Obama and fellow 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis, a pitching sensation who led her Philadelphia boys’ baseball team to the Little League World Series and landed a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tavi Gevinson, the 18-year-old fashion writer and founder of popular online magazine Rookie, was noted as emblematic of the contemporary teen in the Internet age, while transgender activist Jazz Jennings, 14, and Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, 18, also made the list.

The dominant categories were athletes, actors and singers.

Actors taking center stage were Kiernan Shipka, 14, of “Mad Men,” Rico Rodriguez, 16, of “Modern Family” and “The Equalizer’s” Chloe Grace Moretz, 17.

Pop singers Becky G, 17, and Austin Mahone, 18, earned plaudits as did New Zealand pro golfer Lydia Ko, 17, and Afghan National Cycling Team member Salma Kakar, 17.

Teens noted for business success include 15-year-old Erik Finman, founder of the online tutoring site Botangle.com; YouTube fashion star Bethany Mota, 18, and actress-turned-stockpicker Rachel Fox, 18.

Irish trio Ciara Judge, 16, Emer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17, were noted for their discovery of bacteria that deposits nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil.

Los Angeles teen chef Flynn McGarry, 15, joined stars of Twitter’s Vine short-form video service, Nash Grier, and singer Shawn Mendes, both 16.

Jaden Smith, 16, son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, was recognized for acting and his Twitter following, while reality TV stars the Jenner sisters Kendall, 18, and Kylie, 17, were noted for their burgeoning Hollywood and merchandising careers.

Also in the spotlight were 19-year-olds Megan Grassell, founded of the Yellowberry clothing company that makes bras for teens, and South African-Australian YouTube star and actor-musician Troye Sivan.

Source: APP

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