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15 Most Influential Teens

Most Influential Teens!!

The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. 

The new generation is more likely to see the world through a different lens. They hold more ability to influence teenagers or even people of an older age. Their passion in anything they do is truly remarkable.

They set fashion trends and always bring something new to the table. 

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So, who are the most influential teenagers of today?

These people shine in their areas of interest, be it politics or science. They have inspired millions of people and proved that making a change is not just an adult’s job.

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No. 

Name 

Occupation

1.

Ansu Fati

Footballer

2.

Marsai Martin

Actress

3.

Taegan Croft 

Actress

4.

Skai Jackson 

Actress, Author

5.

JoJo Siwa 

Youtuber, Singer

6.

Olivia Rodrigo 

Singer-Songwriter

7.

Ben Azelart 

Youtuber

8.

Millie Bobby Brown 

Actress, Model

9.

Maitrei Ramakrishnan 

Actress

10.

Tate Mcrae 

Singer-Songwriter, Dancer

11.

Gitanjali Rao 

Inventor, Scientist

12.

Zuriel Oduwole 

Filmmaker, Advocate

13.

Marley Dias 

Writer, Activist

14.

Rishab Jain 

Scientist

15.

Maddie Ziegler 

Dancer

15. Maddie Ziegler

On number 15 of our list is Maddie Ziegler. Born on September 30, 2002, she started dancing when she wasn’t even in her teens!

Ziegler featured on Dance Moms at the age of 10 in 2011. She works with Abby Lee Dance Company, with whom she has won numerous titles.

Additionally, she later gained more popularity for starring in several music videos of Sia. The most popular video of them was Chandelier which has over 2.4 billion views!

Maddie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler (Source: Flickr)

Moreover, the dancer has acted in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, and many other shows.

Time magazine included the dancer on the list of “30 Most Influential Teens” in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Maddie has modeled for brands such as Clean & Clear, Target, and Ralph Lauren and has been featured on Billboard, Teen Vogue, and Cosmopolitan magazine covers.

She and her sister released a fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection, back in 2014.

Also, Ziegler wrote her own memoir, The Maddie Diaries, and a trilogy of novels for middle-aged readers in 2017.

Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.

14. Rishab Jain

Rishabh Jain was named America’s Top Young Scientist for his research on improving radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer at 13!

Born in Portland, Oregon, the U.S., in 2004, Jain is an activist for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). He is also an active supporter of pancreatic cancer awareness.

Rishab Jain
Rishab Jain (Source: Wikimedia)

Moreover, Rishab is a developer that specializes in artificial intelligence and web apps. He has been using artificial intelligence to create tools in medical research.

He is also the CEO and founder of Cafe Development, a private company that makes Discord applications. Jain creates Discord bots to improve communication efficiency for the users.

Furthermore, he was listed as Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens and Insider’s 16 Teens to Take the World by Storm.

Social Media: Youtube, Twitter, and Discord.

13. Marley Dias

Next up, we have a writer and activist, Marley Dias. In November 2015, she launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks when she was just in elementary school!

Born in January 2004, she was also listed on Forbes 30 under 30.

When she was 11, she realized that all her compulsory readings were about white boys and dogs. Dias then started a book drive to bring more attention to books featuring black protagonists; 1000 was the goal to donate. 

Marley Dias
Marley Dias (Source: Wikimedia)

Similarly, the book drive focused on black girls as the main characters, not just minor or background characters.

In a few months, Dias collected more than 9,000 books! Many of them were sent to her from her hometown in Jamaica.

She hosted her first Netflix show called “Bookmark: Celebrating Black Voices.”

Marley is the host and executive producer of the series. She has also released her own book Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! in the spring of 2018 under Scholastic.

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter.

12. Zuriel Oduwole 

Zuriel Elise Oduwole is a filmmaker and education advocate. She started advocating at the age of 10 and was the youngest person to be profiled by Forbes.

She advocates for the education of girls in Africa.

In November 2014, Oduwole became the world’s youngest filmmaker to have a self-edited and self-produced work screened at 12!

Her movie A Promising Africa went on to show in Ghana, England, Japan, and South Africa. 

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Zuriel Oduwole (Source: Twitter @ZurielOduwole)

Zuriel has met with 31 Presidents and Prime Ministers during her advocacy work, including Jamaica, Croatia, Tanzania, and South Sudan.

She has also appeared on BBC, CNN and CNBC. 

Furthermore, Zuriel was listed in New African Magazine’s list of “100 most influential people” in 2013.

She has also shown active participation in stopping child marriage and has highlighted the effects of climate change on education.

Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

11. Gitanjali Rao

Next, up on our list is someone Time named a Top Young Innovator in 2020 for her innovation workshops conducted across the globe.

Born in November 2005, Gitanjali Rao is an inventor, author, scientist, and STEM promoter.

Rao was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 for her innovations and won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017. 

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Gitanjali Rao (Source: Wikimedia)

When she was 10, she heard about the Flint water crisis while watching the news and became curious about measuring the lead content in water.

In 2018, she developed Tethys, a water lead-level measuring device. The device contained a battery, sensing unit, Bluetooth extension, and a processor.

Later, Gitanjali developed an app titled “Kindly” that can detect cyberbullying using artificial intelligence.

Furthermore, she developed a diagnostic tool called Epione based on advances in genetic engineering for the early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction.

Social Media: Twitter and Instagram.

10. Tate McRae

Tate Rosner McRae is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. She mainly performs in the genre Alt-pop and has been singing in her YouTube videos since 2011.

Tate has performed cover songs and some originals since then.

Born in July 2003, she gained popularity after her original song “One Day” went viral.

It caught the eye of the American record label RCA Records. McRae gained more fame after her song “You Broke Me First” became an international hit.

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Tate McRae (Source: Wikimedia)

Besides singing, Tate is an excellent dancer. In 2013, she began dancing competitively and was awarded Best Female Dancer at the 2013 Dance Awards.

She also performed at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards and The Ellen DeGeneres Show later that year.

Also, Tate performed a global virtual show, “Too Young to Be Sad,” in May 2021, which was streamed globally.

Similarly, McRae teased the track “Working,” a collaboration to be released with Khalid. The track was released later in June 2021.

Moreover, Tate McRae was the youngest musician featured on Forbe’s 30 under 30 lists. She has been nominated in over 18 international awards and has won 5 of them.

Social Media: Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

9. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

For number 9, we have Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. She is popular for her role in the Netflix teen comedy series Never Have I Ever for her leading role as Devi Vishwakumar.

It was her first job since she had not acted professionally before. 

However, she had always been fascinated by acting. Maitreyi began acting in school plays in grade 10 and decided to pursue an acting career in her last year of school.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Source: Pinterest)

She was selected out of 15,000 candidates by Mindy Kaling in 2019. The actress created her audition tape at the local library using her mother’s camera and was later called to LA after having a screen test.

Also, Today named her one of the eighteen “Groundbreakers,” a list of girls breaking down barriers and changing the world in 2019.

She was named as a Breakout Actor in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter.

8. Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown is an actress, model, and producer. She began her career at 12 by playing guest roles on television.

She played Eleven in the first season of Netflix’s science fiction drama series Stranger Things

Born in February 2004, she was featured on the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2018.

The same year, she was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, being the youngest person selected for that position at the time.

Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown (Source: Wikimedia)

Furthermore, she has won two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2017 and 2018 and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 and 2018.

Millie later made her debut on the big screen with a lead role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. She has been nominated for 31 awards and has won 13 of them!

Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

7. Ben Azelart

Benjamin Roger Azelart is an American YouTube vlogger, skateboarder, content writer, and social media influencer.

He is widely recognized for his dares and performing pranks in his videos.

Born in January 2002, Azelart performed a role in the Brat TV series ‘Brobot‘ with Billy, accompanied by Brent Rivera and Lexi Rivera.

Ben appears in the role of high school’s football quarterback who has a crush on Lexi’s character Max.

Ben Azelart
Ben Azelart (Source: Pinterest)

In 2018, Azelart became a partner with his friend Brent Rivera in his studio called AMP Studios, along with creators like Lexi Hensler and Jeremy Hutchins.

He now posts weekly on his YouTube channel, which has grown extraordinarily lately, and his content material particularly includes pranks and challenges. 

Furthermore, Azelart commonly includes different YouTuber friends and interesting pranks with his friends.

He released a company, “stay wild,” consisting own merchandise and a podcast channel. He has a warehouse where he films most of his content.

Social Media: YouTube and Instagram.

6. Olivia Rodrigo

Next up, we have Olivia Isabel Rodrigo, a singer-songwriter and actress. She is widely known for her roles as Paige Olvera in the Disney series Bizaardvark and Nini Roberts in the series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Born in 2003 February, she was first featured in an Old Navy commercial. However, her music career rose when she signed with American record labels Interscope and Geffen Records.

Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo (Source: Flickr)

Moreover, the singer plays genres pop-rock, indie pop, and alternative rock and instruments like piano and guitar.

Her debut single, “Driver’s License,” was released in 2021, which topped various charts and gave her a breakthrough.

Additionally, Joe Biden called Olivia in the White House to market COVID-19 vaccinations amongst younger people within the US in July 2021.

She met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss her efforts.

Rodrigo will document videos of younger people getting vaccinated, simultaneously answering the youngsters’ questions concerning the subject.

You can find the singer on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

5. JoJo Siwa

Joelle Joanie Siwa is a YouTube personality and a singer and dancer. She is mainly popular for her videos with bright-colored outfits and high ponytails with huge bows. 

She started her career by featuring on Dance Moms with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa.

Jojo posts videos of her day-to-day life on her Youtube channel daily. In 2020,  Siwa was included on Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Jojo Siwa (Source: TIME via Pinterest)

Jojo unveiled a line of hair bows in collaboration with Claire’s, a fashion accessory and jewelry company, in 2016. 

Moreover, Siwa is widely loved among middle schooled girls and teenagers.

She has won four Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and one Industry Dance Award.

Social Media: Instagram, and YouTube.

4. Skai Jackson 

On number 4 is Skai Syed Jackson. She is an actress, YouTuber, and author. In 2016, he was included in Time’s list of most influential teens. In 2011, she appeared in the role of Zuri Ross in the Disney sitcom Jessie.

Born in April 2002, Skai began acting just at the age of 5! In 2005, she made her debut in the film Liberty Kid

She has also voiced various characters in animated movies like Marvel Rising and DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders.

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Skai Jackson (Source: Wikimedia)

Additionally, Skai was cast in the music video for Lil Nas X’s “Panini” in 2019. It gained popularity worldwide.

Later, she published her book Reach for the Skai: How to Inspire, Empower, and Clapback.

Skai was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 29th Dancing with the Stars season in September 2020.

However, they got to the semi-finals but got eliminated in November 2020.

She has featured in over 20 shows playing or giving voice to different characters. She won the Young Entertainer Awards for the show Bunk’d.

Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

3. Taegan Croft

She is renowned for her role in the DC Universe/HBO Max superhero series TitansTaegan also portrayed the title character in the science-fiction film The Osiris Child in 2016. 

However, her career began in a theatrical adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird when she played the part of Scout Finch at the age of nine.

Most Influential Teens- Taegan Croft
Taegan Croft (Source: Pinterest)

Croft has played in three films since 2016 and is still working in Titans as of 2021. Born in April 2001 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, she is Bella and Bernie’s short film executive producer.

Likewise, the film was written, directed, and produced by her mother. Taegan is also an avid book reader, and her favorite book is The Hunger Games.

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter.

2. Marsai Martin

For number 2, we have Caila Marsai Martin. She is an actress and producer who is best known for her role on ABC sitcom “Black-ish” as Diane Johnson.

She became the youngest person ever to produce a movie, Little, which she also starred in, in 2019.

Martin was named on its “Time 100 list” the same year. 

Born in August 2004 in Texas, U.S, her career started after a glamorous pictorial. Marsai’s parents sent the photos to four agencies, and one of them proposed to sign her.

She shot her first national commercial for Choice Hotels just at the age of 5!

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Marsai Martin (Source: Flickr)

Likewise, Marsai was cast as Anthony Anderson’s daughter on the ABC sitcom Blackish in 2014.

She has received numerous accolades and nominations, including three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Young Artist Award for her breakthrough role.

Moreover, Martin is the youngest person to get a first-look deal at Universal and the youngest person to get a deal at any studio.

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter.

1. Ansu Fati

On number one is Annsumane “Ansu” Fati Vieira. He is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona and the Spain national team.

He is considered one of Spain’s most impressive young football talents.

Born in October 2002 in Guinea-Bissau, Fati joined Barcelona’s La Masia at the age of 10 in 2012.

However, he signed his first professional contract with Barcelona in 2019, until 2022. 

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Ansu Fati (Source: Pinterest)

Moreover, Ansu became the youngest player in the history of La Liga to score and assist in the same match in his first career start in 2019.

He scored in the second minute and later assisted Frankie De Jong’s goal in the 7th minute.

Later, he became the youngest player to feature for Barcelona in the Champions League and became the third-youngest player ever to appear in the competition at 16 years.

He took the jersey number 10 after top footballer Lionel Messi left the club in 2021.

Fati was titled La Liga Player of the Month in September 2020, and he won Copa Del Rey with his FCB team.

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter.

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