This proves it — Kylie and Kendall Jenner are crazy influential. For the second year in a row, the two reality stars have landed on TIME magazine’s list of the Most Influential Teens, joining the likes of such other prominent teens as Malala Yousafzi and Ahmed Mohamed. What do YOU think of their new title?
They may not be political activists or record-breaking athletes, but that didn’t stop Kendall, 19, and Kylie Jenner, 18, from landing on TIME magazine’s list of the Most Influential Teens of 2015. The reality superstars scored spots on the elite list for the second year in a row, joining the likes of Malala Yousafzi, 18, Jazz Jennings, 15, and Malia Obama, 17, among others. But are they really deserving of the prestigious honor? To hear more about Kylie Jenner, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
The 2015 list includes 30 superstars under the age of 20 who have all made a significant impact on the world, taking into account their individual “accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.” Now, while you may scoff at the idea of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars being held in the same regard as a Noble Peace Prize winner, there’s no denying that they certainly fall into those two latter categories. Kylie for one, is deemed by the magazine as “arguably the most-watched teenager in the world, commanding an audience of 60 million people across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her best-selling app.” The 18-year-old tells the publication, “Everything I do, I always start these huge trends.” However she says that’s not what she’s aiming for. “I just want to inspire my fans to be whoever they want to be,” Jenner says, “because that’s what I’ve always done.”
As for her sister Kendall, the oldest Jenner woman continues to be one of the most successful models in the industry today, and just so happens to have the distinct honor of owning the most-liked photo in Instagram history. Come on, that’s pretty impressive, no?
Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, there are teens who wield another kind of influence, one less based on social media likes and more on their achievements across such categories as political activism, sports and business. In addition to Malala, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, there’s also Jazz Jennings, the California teen who has bravely stepped forward as an activist for the transgender community and shared her empowering story in the TLC series I Am Jazz.
Hollywood starlets Zendaya, 19, and Amandla Stenberg, 17, also fall under this category, gaining recognition for their willingness to speak out against the media’s influence on body image and cultural appropriation. Other influential teens on the list include: Ariel Winter, 17, Shawn Mendes, 17, Bindi Irwin, 17, and interestingly enough, Kylie’s ex Jaden Smith, 17.
Head over to time.com to see the full list.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree with this list? Who do you think is the most influential teen? Let us know!
— Alyssa Montemurro