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Time's Most Influential Teens 2015: Shawn Mendes, Bethany Mota, Lele Pons Make List

First Posted: Oct 28, 2015 12:07 PM EDT
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Time magazine released its yearly list of 30 Most Influential Teens, and this year's picks include a variety of familiar teenagers, including singer Shawn Mendes and social media stars Lele Pons and Bethany Mota.

According to Time, the magazine chooses the list by considering expertise in various fields, global impact through the use of social media, and overall ability to make headlines.

Mendes definitely made headlines this year, having risen quickly in popularity since with the release of his debut album "Handwritten." He is the youngest artist since fellow Canadian Justin Bieber to produce an album that topped the Billboard 200 chart, and his single "Stitches" currently sits on the Billboard top 10.

The list also includes two Latinas this year: Mota and Pons. Both of them got their start on social media and have been able to branch out because of their huge followings.

Mota rose to fame on YouTube, making fashion and beauty videos. She now boasts 9.5 million subscribers on YouTube, as well as well over 2.5 million on Twitter and 5.2 million on Instagram. The Latina has her own clothing line with Aeropostale and appeared on "Dancing with the Stars."

At 19 years old, Pons holds the title of most followed Viner. She was the first Viner to hit 1 billion loops and coined the term "Do it for the Vine." The Venezuelan has been nominated for several awards, including Teen Choice Awards and Streamy Awards.

Also included on the list are actors Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, Rowan Blanchard, Jaden Smith, Maisie Williams and Ariel Winter. President Obama's daughter Malia Obama also made the list, as did Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Dancer Maddie Ziegler; athletes Katie Ledecky, Lydia Ko, Ashima Shiraishi, Chloe Kim and Martin Odegaard; singer Silentó; culinary prodigy Flynn McGarry; and entrepreneur Moziah Bridges were also all included.

Finally, headline makers Ahmed Mohamed, William Turton, Tiffany Zhong; inventor Olivia Hallisey; activists Jazz Jennings, Kim Kataguiri, Joshua Wong; television personality Bindi Irwin; and reality stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner rounded out the list.

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