Ranging from youth stars in sports to music to Twitter, Time has released its list of the top 25 most influential teens in America.
Sasha Obama, 13; Malia Obama, 16; Jaden Smith, 16; and Mo’ne Davis, 13.
The rankings were drawn from social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more to determine which youth between the ages of 13 and 19 made the cut.
This year’s list included just four African American teens: Sasha Obama, 13; Malia Obama, 16; Jaden Smith, 16; and Mo’ne Davis, 13.
Both daughters of President Barack Obama have gained national recognition throughout their father’s two terms in office. Malia appeared at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival and was as big a star as the musicians themselves. A unicorn sweatshirt worn by Sasha made her a fashion trend-setter; within days, the same shirt sold out in many areas.
Jaden Smith, son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, has taken his own route instead of living in his parents’ shadow. Smith started off acting just like his father, and his fame has grown through his Twitter page, which has more than 5 million followers.
Davis became a national favorite after pitching a shutout game in the Little League World Series with Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons. She has received praise from celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Kevin Durant and Ellen DeGeneres and was even on the front cover of Sports Illustrated.