Hard work. Perseverance. Determination. These are words usually associated with those stalwart individuals who've ice-picked their way up the sheer peaks of success - not terms normally linked with those lucky few who were born into a celebrity family or a hefty trust fund. It's usually believed these kids are raised by a mom or dad who can buy them a helicopter and fly them up to the summit, bypassing all the blood, sweat, and tears of the common folk diligently carving out names for themselves.
Of course, we can't say that all the teens with famous parents who are now making their own waves in the celebrity world are self-entitled brats riding the nepotism wave to stardom. Surely there are some who've struggled; learning the ropes of trial and error, tasting failure and still pushing on through the badlands of casting calls, bar gigs, door slams and unimpressed critics to come out on the other side of Hollywood? Maybe not. But talent, wit and strong wills do play a factor in the success of those teens who've carved their own careers outside the shadow of their parents. Of course, a Black Card and a cell phone full of A-List contacts probably helps in a pinch.
10 Reginae Carter
9 Noah Cyrus
8 Christopher "CJ" Wallace, Jr.
7 Zoey Deutch
6 Bindi Irwin
5 Lourdes Leon
4 Connor Cruise, aka: DJ C-Squared
3 Daniel Dwayne "Diggy" Simmons III
2 Kendall Jenner
1 Willow and Jaden Smith
Although certainly over-exposed in the tabloids, Willow and Jaden have some actual talent - albeit talent that probably comes from paying for the talent of other people until that talent rubs off on the young pedigrees. But for arguments sake we'll highlight what makes these two little stars shimmer uniquely, aside from the coaching most likely offered through the parental entourage of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. As well as having an official website at 14-years-old, Willow is a singer, performer, dancer, actress, and rapper. She is quite possibly the world's first pentacle threat.
Willow's oeuvre includes voicing a cartoon character in Madagascar 2, starring alongside dad in "I Am Legend" and signing with Jay-Z's Roc Nation. Not too bad for a kid in Grade 8. Big brother Jaden is also a rapper and dancer and likely secretly fuming that at the ripe old age of 16 he is merely a triple threat. His big box office movie credits, however, include "The Karate Kid" and "The Pursuit of Happyness", the second of which he stars alongside dad. It's worth noting these two kids also have an obligation to give back and are Youth Ambassadors for Project Zambia, which helps orphaned kids living with AIDS in Africa. Jaden's other obligation, it seems, is to wear very weird clothing and mismatching shoes on red carpets. As of 2014, he is rumoured to be involved with Kylie Jenner, who is clearly not one to let her older sister Kendall get all the attention.
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