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Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015

/ November 11, 2015

William Turton (Age: 17), American

While boys and girls his age struggle to write college admission essays, William jumps on tips and reports on news stories. He covers politics and hacking for The Daily Dot, a fast-growing digital media site covering Internet culture.

William Turton

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Ariel Winter (Age: 17), American

Modern Family star Ariel Winter made national headlines this year for undergoing breast reduction surgery. This American actress, singer, model and voice actress became famous by portraying Alex Dunphy in ABC’s hit television series “Modern Family.”


Malia Obama (Age: 17), American

America’s First Daughter and President Obama’s eldest daughter Malia is making headlines with her fashion choices and college visits.

Malia Obama

Jaden Smith (Age: 17), American

Karate Kid star and Will Smith’s son Jaden is making waves in the music industry. The rapper and actor released his first mixtape, “The Cool Café” in 2012. He is also a youth ambassador for Project Zambi, which provides assistance to Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.

Jaden Smith

Shawn Mendes (Age: 17), Canadian

Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes’ debut album “Handwritten” topped the Billboard 200 this year. It sold 48,000 copies in its first week.

Shawn Mendes