Women rock, we do not need to tell you that. But what you may not know is that some of the most powerful women on earth are also some of the youngest talents we have ever seen. Entertainers, models, writers, activists…these are ten young ladies who are totally kicking butt in the world! They are globally-recognized and are bound to only continue excelling and maybe even surpass those decades older than them!
Some of the women on this list are only in their teens, but they have made such an impact in the world that they are deserving of a place among the most powerful. Many of them have used their high-profile status to make life better for those who are less fortunate. While their actions and passions vary in importance, their net worth and influence in the world entitle them to a place on this list. Have fun sifting through the ten outrageously successful females here and you may find some inspiration for your own endeavors.
These women are the ones we want to keep our eyes on. We expect wonderful things from them, whether we are listening to their songs, seeing them on the news, or supporting their efforts as they pursue their passions and causes.
10. Veronica Roth, 26
Veronica Roth is the author of the acclaimed book (and now movie) series Divergent. The movies inspired by her novels have raked in $250 million, so far. The New York Times best-selling author is just 26 years old! She has an awesome sense of humor and has already seen enough success for her to call it good day – or lifetime for that matter. Her book Divergent has earned the 2011 Goodreads Favorite Book Award and the 2012 Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Award. It is great to have an author on this list, as writers often get overlooked. Plus, Veronica is only in her twenties, giving us hope that the younger generation still values a good book.
9. Kendall Jenner, 19
You may think it is nearly impossible to outshine Kim Kardashian, or even Kourtney and Khloe, and now Caitlyn Jenner. Yet Kendall Jenner is a stand-alone celebrity in her own right. She is a model and has been featured in prominent magazines such as Teen Vogue and has been recognized by Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar for her work. She walked the runways at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and is signed with Wilhelmina Models. You can see Kendall just about everywhere nowadays, such as in ads for Forever 21 and Estee Lauder. At only 19 years of age, she is bound to forge her own path that is unique to the rest of the Kardashian clan.
8. Ariana Grande, 22
Ariana Grande started in the humble sidekick role on a Nickelodeon kids’ show, but that was just a warm-up. So long, ditzy Cat Valentine, hello Ariana Grande: superstar! She is only 21 years old, but she is a powerhouse performer, selling out shows and belting out lyrics and notes that only the most talented singers could muster. Way back in the day when she was 10 years old, Ariana was a co-founder to Kids Who Care, a youth choir philanthropy organization, which raises money for charities. She also speaks out against cyber-bullying and supports veganism. Oh, and she teaches little African kids how to dance!
7. Lorde, 18
She is only 17 years old and as the youngest person on our list (alongside Malala), Lorde is a force to be reckoned with. This is a teen with spunk! She is not afraid to call out society and expose its skewed sense of reality and its ridiculous ideals. Lorde is from New Zealand, which makes her instantly cool, but she also has achieved super-success with her hit songs and undeniably catchy music. Hello? Have you listened to Royals? She is a breakout star and is expected to lead the way for other up and coming female artists. Oh, and for a teenager, a $2 million net worth ain’t bad.
6. Emma Watson, 25
Emma Watson has conjured up some magic of her own and has gone from playing a girl (then teenage) witch in the Harry Potter movie series to become a full-fledged woman of awesomeness. She is an activist and supporter of women’s rights and is downright gorgeous and intelligent. She even went that extra mile to study at Brown University (she majored in English.) The 24-year-old is also a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and has visited developing countries to promote her women’s rights advocacy work. She is in good standing with just about everyone, regardless of gender. She even ranked Number One on AskMen Top 99 Outstanding Women 2015. Go, Emma!
5. Jennifer Lawrence, 24
If there were ever a celeb that we wanted as our best friend, it would be Jennifer Lawrence. She just seems like the girl next door. Just with a lot of money and success. At just 24 years old, she was a breakout actress and has achieved praise for her work in Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games trilogy. Her down-to-earth attitude, goofy personality, and ability to trust in herself has earned her a top spot among moviegoers, the media, and the public at large. She stumbles and it’s lovable. She dances around with chopsticks in her mouth and it’s hilarious. She acts in movies and it’s breathtaking.
4. Beyonce, 33
Beyonce, the superwoman of our generation, is definitely one of the most powerful women on earth. At just 33 years of age, she has accomplished more than most of us would achieve in two lifetimes! She is a natural entertainer, making waves as the standout singer in Destiny’s Child before shooting to fame with her solo career. She has acted, written songs, and performed for sold-out venues around the world. She also has a net worth of $250 million as of May 2015! She has endorsed products, worked with top designers, launched a fashion line, and started a foundation that seeks to provide shelter for victims in Houston, Texas.
3. Lena Dunham, 29
Lena Dunham has an impressive repertoire for a 29-year-old. She is an actress, producer, director, screenwriter, and author. She wrote Not That Kind of Girl and is the creator of the hit show, Girls. She got nominated for an Emmy Award 8 – count ’em – 8 times and she was the very first female to be granted the honor of receiving a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series. Go, Lena! She is also an advocate for women’s rights and liberation. She has spoken out against objectifying women and seeing them purely as sex symbols. She is so comfortable in her skin and she inspires women of all ages to embrace their truest selves.
2. Malala Yousafzai, 18
She is 17, she is from Pakistan, and she is a globally-recognized Nobel Peace Laureate. She is Malala Yousafzai, and even if we can’t pronounce her name, we know about her. She stood up to the Taliban and was shot by them while attending school in her native country. She recovered and continues to fight for women’s rights and education. She recently spoke at a conference in Denver, USA and has devoted her life to her passion: learning. A bullet to the head was unable to deter her, and The Malala Fund continues to rake in investments and profits for supporting women’s educational pursuits.
1. Taylor Swift, 25
Need we say more? T-Swift has taken the world by storm and she shows no signs of slowing down. This 25-year-old pop sensation has the media, tweenage girls, and their moms wrapped around her finger. She has won a Grammy Award 7 times and is the youngest-ever woman to make Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List. She has morphed from a teenage guitar-slinger to a savvy businesswoman and philanthropist. She is part of Time’s 100 Most Influential People and she engages with her fans almost as much as a mother interacts with her children. Yes, Tay Tay is here to stay.