Being a child or young adult in the spotlight can’t be easy, but the following 20 young celebrities often make it look that way. From acting, making music and modeling to tackling the important social and political issues of the day, these child prodigies have taken it all in their stride, making them 2016’s most influential teens.
20. Ariel Winter
18-year-old actress Ariel Winter has become a household name through her role as Alex Dunphy in the hugely popular U.S. sitcom Modern Family. The talented Californian has also made headlines through her breast reduction surgery and admirable candidness on the issues facing young women in Hollywood.
New Zealand-born songstress Lorde quickly went from child prodigy to international superstar in 2013, following the release of her hit single “Royals.” Still only 19, her immense talent was spotted by an A&R scout when she was just 12. She has since ascended to Grammy Award success and joined Taylor Swift’s squad. Lorde’s 2016 Brit Awards tribute to the late David Bowie earned her acclaim, too.