2014's most influential teens

The nominations list


Time Magazine has announced the 25 nominees in the running for the award of the Most Influential Teenager 2014.

So what does it take to make it onto the list? Their accomplishments range from winning the Nobel Prize (Malala Yousafzai) to staring in critically acclaimed films (Chloe Grace Moretz and Jaden Smith) to having one of the worlds’ biggest social media followings (Kendall and Kylie Jenner), to winning two Grammy Awards (Lorde) to calling President Obama ‘Dad’ (Sasha and Malia Obama). And all before the age of 20…


These are the teens are leading the way (ordered from youngest to oldest):

Mo’ne Davis, 13 – Little League World Series baseball player

Sasha, 13, & Malia Obama, 16 – daughters of the President of the United States, Barack Obama

Kiernan Shipka, 14 – actress, Mad Men

Jazz Jennings, 14 – inspirational writer on transgender rights

Flynn McGarry, 15 – chef and owner of supper club, Eureka

Erik Finkman, 15 – founder of Botangle.com, offering online teaching tutorials for teens

Nash Grier, 16 – Vine sensation, over 9.6 million followers and 1.1 billion loops of his comic videos

Rico Rodriguez, 16 – actor, Modern Family

Ciara Judge, 16, Emer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17 – budding scientists, winners of Google Science Fair

Shawn Mendes, 16 – singer, youngest artist to be featured on the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100

Jaden Smith, 16 – actor and son of Will Smith, with over 5 million social followers

Becky G, 17 – singer-songwriter, Becky From the Block

Salma Kakar, 17 – female cyclist, Afghan National Cycling Team

Lorde, 17 – Grammy winning singer-songwriter

Lydia Ko, 17 – pro golfer, ranking third among women golfers worldwide

Chloe Grace Moretz, 17 – award-winning actress, Carrie

Kylie, 17, & Kendall Jenner, 18 – reality TV stars, models, social media sensations

Malala Yousafzai, 17 – inspirational youth activist, youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner

Rachel Fox, 18 – stock trader and founder of blog, Fox on Stocks

Bethany Mota, 18 – fashion and beauty blogger, 7.4 million subscribers

Joshua Wong, 18 – peace activist for the Hong Kong protests

Austin Mahone, 18 – singer, 7 million Twitter followers

Tavi Gevinson, 18 – writer and founder of Rookie, online magazine

Megan Grassell, 19 – owner of bra company for teenagers, Yellowberry

Troye Sivan, 19 – musician, TRXYE, and actor, X-Men

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