Who run the world? Girls. Specifically, teen girls. These young ladies are shattering society's stereotypes and are already killing the game in their respective careers, all before they turn twenty. Their accomplishments are inspiring and they just might make you feel a tad bit lazy. Nevertheless, here’s nine teen girls we can (and should) all look up to.
Sabrina (aka NerdyAndQuirky on YouTube) is a great example of why it’s so puzzling that there’s still a stereotype that teen girls can’t be funny and smart. With multiple channels and over 140,000 subscribers, she’s already amassed a large following. Her videos, with topics ranging from the first female Olympians to why we jump out of cakes, are well-researched, intelligent, and witty (just like Sabrina herself).
Claire Jantzen and Amelia Conway
The entertainment business is notorious for its lack of women in behind-the-scenes positions, but Claire and Amelia are already working to change that. Both girls, though just in High School, are accomplished directors. Their most recent project? Directing commercials for Target’s latest back-to-school campaign, a huge project a lot of adults would kill for. There’s no doubt these girls will be even more successful directors in the future.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of teen girls + social media. Teen feminist Alexis Moncada gained a huge following on her Twitter account, Feminist Culture. Through this account (and her personal account, @lexi4prez), which has nearly two hundred thousand followers, she raises awareness on issues pertaining to intersectional feminism. She’s currently in college studying political science in hopes to eventually work as a politician.
Chloe x Halle
Chloe and Halle Bailey, teenage sisters originally from Atlanta, got their start in the music industry via a viral cover of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts.” They eventually got the attention of Queen Bey herself, getting signed to her label, appearing in the Lemonade visual album, and performing as the opening act on the European leg of The Formation World Tour. And if that wasn’t enough, they also released their self-produced debut EP Sugar Symphony to rave reviews earlier this year. The first single off the EP, “Drop,” has over two million views on YouTube already, and there’s no sign that Chloe and Halle will be slowing down anytime soon.
Rowan, who stars as Riley Matthews on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, became an outspoken activist for many social issues (including women’s and LGBTQ rights) at just thirteen years old. In addition to her work as an actress, she’s also written for Rookie Mag and spoken at the 2015 US National Committee for United Nations Women Annual Conference about how youth can make a difference.
Jazz is an author, creator, television personality, artist, and LGBTQ advocate. Oh, and she just so happens to be one of the youngest publicly documented people ever to be identified as transgender. She recalls identifying as a female for as long as she can remember, and she started living as one at a very young age. Since then, she’s advocated for transgender rights and raised awareness to millions through her TLC show I Am Jazz and her book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. She also founded a company called Purple Rainbow Tails, through which she raises money for transgender children by creating and selling rubber mermaid tails.
Though most known for her work as Zoey Johnson on ABC’s Blackish, Yara is also making a name for herself as an advocate for women and people of color in entertainment. She’s currently still in high school but, according to Interview, she has plans to attend college and study sociology. Yara has done many public speaking engagements, including a speech on how the media perpetuates black stereotypes. She hopes to help make women of color more visible in entertainment and media.