Time has released its annual list of the most influential teenagers in the world in 2017. Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things," Me & the Bees Lemonade founder Mikaila Ulmer and "Dance Moms" star-turned-Sia’s favorite music video actress Maddie Ziegler were some of the more recognizable names on the list, which was revealed on Thursday. Also on this year’s “30 Most Influential Teens List” are a handful of today’s biggest emerging recording artists, including Shawn Mendes, Khalid, Jaden and Willow Smith and Noah Cyrus.
As Billboard reports, the qualifications to make this year’s list were once again focused on how the teen makes a “global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.” One could assume that the majority of these teenagers may still be too young to fully understand the impact that social media has had on our society, or at least remember what the world was like before Facebook became one of the world’s most powerful websites a decade ago.
A handful of these teens, however, including Cyrus and both Smith kids, have grown up in music-centered households, and studied their parent's blueprint on how to channel personal success into making a positive change in the world. Cyrus’ famous older sister, Miley, has been featured as one of Time’s list of most influential teenagers in the past, in addition to being named one of their “100 Most Influential People” in 2014.
Khalid however, did not have famous parents. The 19-year-old “Location” singer has still lead a pretty interesting life thus far, having lived around the world as part of a military family. It's those international experiences that have shaped the young artist to becoming wise beyond his years while under the demanding spotlight of showbiz.
"America today feels like a scary place for many people, people of color, DREAMERS, women, the LGBTQ community," he said about his inclusion on the exclusive list. "It's the young people of America, the teens, who have the power to create change."
To see the full list of this year’s most influential teens, click here.