LAST YEAR'S TOP 10 INFLUENTIAL TEENS
Added on: 17th Feb 2014
10. KYLIE JENNER
The American reality television star, model and brand ambassador for Seventeen,
Kylie Kristen Jenner, along with her sister Kendall was named by Time magazine on
a list of the 16 most influential teenagers in the world. She is known for appearing
on the E! reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians that she shares with
her family. In 2013, Jenner released an exclusive collection under PacSun,
designed alongside her sister, Kendall Jenner.
9. MALIA OBAMA
At high-profile events, like her father’s second Inaugural Address, Malia and her sister,
Sasha, act with the poise of adults. Thanks in part to Michelle Obama, they seem to
lead as normal lives as they can while still meeting the demands of being in the limelight.
(Such as 15-year-old Malia’s satirical send up in the Onion.) President Obama often mentions
his daughters in speeches, and says that they influenced his stance on gay marriage.
8. MISSY FRANKLIN
The 18-year-old won six gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and in doing so not only
claimed the title of winningest female swimmer ever at a world meet, but also became
the fifth swimmer to capture six or more golds at Worlds or the Olympics. She won
the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award this year. And,
she joined the Cal swim team, turning down millions of dollars of endorsements
to get a college degree.
7. KIERNAN SHIPKA
The 14-year old American actress noted for playing Don and Betty Draper’s daughter
Sally on the AMC series Mad Men, since she was six and a half, but she’s still not
allowed to watch the hit AMC show. Shipka also nails her red carpet appearances,
with a quirky but age-appropriate style that gets her raves from the fashionable set.
Watch out for her performance as incestuous Catherine in the Lifetime adaptation of
V.C. Andrews’ Flowers In The Attic.
6. BETH REEKLES
The Welsh high school student Reeks – who writes romantic fiction for young
adults under the pen-name Beth Reekles – was named by Time magazine on
a list of the 16 most influential teenagers in the world. The then-15-year-old used
story-sharing site Wattpad to release her novel, The Kissing Booth, which earned
more than 19 million views and caught the attention of Random House Children’s Publishers U.K.
The author, now 17, scored a three-book deal with the U.S. arm of Random House and
has since appeared on the Today show. But writing remains a hobby for the teenaged literary sensation,
who plans to major in physics in college.
5. CHLOE GRACE MORETZ
Chloe Grace Moretz is a leading lady for the first time in Carrie, but the blood-drenched
horror film is hardly this 16-year old’s first rodeo. The Atlanta native began her acting
career at the age of seven and has appeared in films such as “The Amityville Horror,
(500) Days of Summer , Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows,
Kick-Ass 2 and Carrie. And she’s an up-and-comer in the fashion world, too.
Next, she’s starring opposite Kiera Knightly in Laggie, out in 2014.
4. MAYA VAN WAGENEN
The 15-year-old author rose to fame for keeping a diary in her quest to become popular,
following antiquated tips from the 1950s self-help book, Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide for Teens.
Her musings about applying lessons such as always wearing white gloves and pearls
as she navigated the social scene of a small Texas town landed her a six-figure Penguin book
deal for, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. As if that wasn’t impressive enough,
last month DreamWorks optioned the rights for the novel, making the budding author the
“youngest non-actor to ever make a deal” at the film studio.
3. LYDIA KO
A New Zealand golfer born in South Korea, 16-year-old Lydia Ko is at No. 4 among
the top ranked woman amateur golfer in the world. She became the youngest person
ever to win a professional golf tour event and youngest person ever to win a LPGA Tour event.
In August 2013, she became the only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events.
2. HAILEE STEINFELD
Hailee Steinfeld rose to fame for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the film True Grit,
for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She had nearly no
previous acting experience when she was nominated for Awards at age 13 in 2010.
Now she’s playing a student at a military space academy in the sci-fi film Ender’s Game.
“I still consider myself very much a beginner,” she told the Guardian.
1. NICK D’ALOISIO
An Australian-born British entrepreneur and computer programmer, Nick D’Aloisio,
who created Summly which is a summarization, artificial intelligence technology
developed with SRI International. D’Aloisio has been recognised as the youngest person
to receive a round of venture capital in technology at just 15 years of age.
As of March 2013, Summly was sold to Yahoo for a reported $30 million US dollars
making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever. D’Aloisio was awarded
“Innovator of the Year” in New York City by the Wall Street Journal for
his work on Summly and at Yahoo.