The list includes a 17-year-old transgender student and a digital dance star.

By Hollee Actman Becker
October 20, 2016
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If you're wondering which of today's young celebs have the most influence over your kids, you might want to check out Time magazine's annual list of the 30 Most Influential teens. In order to narrow down the selection, Time took the youngsters accomplishments, social media impact, and influence in driving news into consideration. The result? An impressive mix of athletes, actors, activists... and yes, Kylie Jenner.

And before you roll your eyes, know this: The 19-year-old reality TV star has millions of social-media followers; she's designed fashion lines for PacSun, Steve Madden, and Topshop; she's the face of Puma's latest women's campaign, and—as if all that weren't enough—she's built her own powerful beauty brand in less than a year, with products that sell out on her website in less than three seconds.

Moms of teen girls will also recognize names like Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, 14, known for being the "first digital dance star"; Viner-turned-chart-topping singer Shawn Mendes, 18; and his bestie (and oft-rumored girlfriend): Cuba native, recording artist, and activist Camila Cabello, who also happens to be one-fifth of the girl group Fifth Harmony.

Here are a few others who made the cut:

Sasha Obama, 15, and Malia Obama, 18, who have become role models for young Black girls and who Time calls "budding American icons."

Simone Biles, 19, and Laurie Hernandez, 16, two incredible Olympic gymnasts who were part of Rio's "Final Five."

MasterChef Junior champion Logan Guleff, 14, who has become a rising star in the culinary world.

Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, 14, who was born with a mild case of cleidocranial dysplasia, and has seized the opportunity to advocate for self-acceptance.

James Charles, 17, who is CoverGirl's first CoverBoy.

And LGBT activist Gavin Grimm, 17, who Time says has become "a poster child in America's culture war over LGBT rights."

If there's one thing all these diverse teens have in common, it seems to be a willingness to speak out and be who they are.

Check out the rest of the list here to see if any of your kids' other faves scored a spot.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.


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