Time magazine released its annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list and two very empowering and very awesome Latinas nabbed a spot this year.
Olympic champ, Laurie Hernandez, came in at no. 7 on the list.
“They say, ‘You made Latinas proud! And that hits me hard,’” she said to Time. “It helps me realize that I’ve done something bigger than just gymnastics.”
At only 16 years old, this charismatic gymnast of Puerto Rican descent cartwheeled her way into our hearts after slaying at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She’s a gold and silver medalist already. If that’s impressive enough, Laurie, who ranked #7 on the list, signed an endorsement deal with Crest and is sweeping the dance floor as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Also on the list taking at 25th spot, Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello.
The youngest Fifth Harmony member is killing the charts as part of the girl group, but Cabello is also achieving great things on her own. Not only is she venturing out as a solo artist having released hits such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes, and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, but this 19-year-old Cuban native is also an activist.
In a heartfelt article titled: “Our dreams were bigger than our fears” published on PopSugar, Cabello opened up about her family leaving Cuba in the mid-2000s in search of better opportunities. And she also got super candid about her views on Trump’s infamous proposed wall. “When anybody wants to tell you they want to build a ‘wall’ on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall could be the next cure for cancer,” she wrote.
Find out which other amazing teens made Time’s 2016 list, here.
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