Malia Obama, Zendaya And Amandla Stenberg Make TIME’s Most Influential Teens List
Three beautiful black teens are being honored for their work as positive influences.
Malia Obama, Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg have all made TIME’s annual list of “Most Influential Teens” for their “accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.”
On Malia Obama, 17:
A full-fledged cultural icon, whose fashion choices and college visits (most recently, to Brown University) routinely make headlines.
On Zendaya, 19:
The former Disney Channel star (full name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman) has emerged as a champion of body positivity, schooling E!’s Giuliana Rancic earlier this year for mocking Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the Oscars and sharing unretouched versions of a magazine photoshoot with her 14.1 million Instagram followers.
On Amandla Stenberg, 17:
The actress is best known as Rue from The Hunger Games series—a role that earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination and a Teen Choice Award—but she doesn’t just take part in pop culture, she actively critiques it. Stenberg is unafraid to call out celebrities she thinks are appropriating culture: in July she criticized Kylie Jenner—also on this list—for showing off her cornrows on Instagram but failing to use her “position of power to help black Americans.”
Other black teens on the list include Jaden Smith and 13-year-old Mo Bridges of Mo’s Bows.
Congrats to these teens!
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