Malala Yousafzai,Malia Obama named in Time magazine’s most influential teens list

Malala Yousafzai,Malia Obama named in Time magazine’s most influential teens list

US President Barack Obama's elder daughter Malia and Pakistani girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai have been named among the 16 most influential teens of 2013 by Time magazine. (Courtesy: Time magazine)

The just-turned 17-year-old New Zealander rocketed to international fame this year with the release of her first album,Pure Heroine. Proof: New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio,who won the election on a message railing against economic inequality,walked onto stage to Lorde’s defiant “Royals.” The child prodigy—she signed with a label at 13—is already competing with pop’s biggest stars,surpassing Miley Cyrus in September for the top spot on iTunes with “Royals.” Lorde is at number one.

A New Zealand golfer born in South Korea,16-year-old Lydia Ko has multiple LPGA wins. She turned pro this year—the LPGA waived the age requirement for her to join—and she’s already fifth in women’s world rankings after just 23 tournaments. She’s the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event and the youngest person ever to win an LPGA tour event (and the only amateur to ever win two LPGA Tour events). Lydia Ko ranks number two in the list.

When Marissa Mayer decides to buy your app for $30 million,you know you’re doing pretty well. When you’re only 17 at the time,“doing pretty well” is an understatement. Programming whiz kid Nick D’Aloisio sold Summly,a news-reading and summarizing app,to Yahoo in March. Other investors include Wendi Murdoch,Yoko Ono,and Ashton Kutcher. Nick D’Aloisio is at number three.

The 18-year-old Missy Franklin won six gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and in doing so not only claimed the title of winningest female swimmer ever at a world meet,but also became the fifth swimmer to capture six or more golds at Worlds or the Olympics. She joined the Cal swim team,turning down millions of dollars of endorsements to get a college degree. Missy Franklin is at number four in the list.

The younger sisters of the Kardashian clan are no strangers to the spotlight. They’re featured in Keeping Up With The Kardashians with their half-sisters Kim,Khloe and Kourtney,but they’re making their own waves as well. Kendall,a swimsuit model,and her 16-year-old sister Kylie have raised eyebrows for their precocious behavior. Kendall and Kylie Jenner share fifth spot in the list.

Bill de Blasio might be the Mayor-elect of New York,but his 16-year-old son Dante is the city’s latest fashion icon. Dante’s now-iconic afro has starred in a campaign ad,inspired a New York Times Style section piece,and even gained President Obama’s attention. Bill de Blasio is at number sixth in the list.

In 2012,Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by the Taliban on the bus home from school in Pakistan. Malala was a target because of her vocal activism to better the education of girls under Taliban rule. “I speak for education of every child,in every corner of the world,” she said,and the world has been listening. This year she received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and a Clinton Global Citizen Award. She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai gets seventh position in the list.

Mad Men’s Sally Draper is the sassiest character on TV,all thanks to Kiernan Shipka. The 14-year old actress has been playing Don Draper’s rebellious daughter since she was six and a half,but she’s still not allowed to watch the hit AMC show. Watch out for her performance as incestuous Catherine in the Lifetime adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ Flowers In The Attic. Kiernan Shipka is placed at number eight in the list.

The 19-year-old scientist’s design for a low cost,self-driving car won first place and $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for high school students in May. The prototype signals the potential of manufacturing autonomous driving vehicles to the masses,costing only $4,000 to build as opposed to Google’s $75,000 self-driving car. Ionut Budisteanu,a student in Romania,used artificial intelligence technology and a mounted camera on the car to identify traffic lanes,curbs,cars and even people. Ionut Budisteanu is at 9th place in the list.

At high-profile events,like her father’s second Inaugural Address,Malia and her sister,Sasha,act with the poise of adults. Thanks in part to Michelle Obama,they seem to lead as normal lives as they can while still meeting the demands of being in the limelight. (Such as 15-year-old Malia’s satirical send up in the Onion.) President Obama often mentions his daughters in speeches,and says that they influenced his stance on gay marriage. Malia Obama ranks 10th in the list.