Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 just dropped, and fan-favourite names like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande were honoured alongside a curated selection of artists, world leaders, and political activists. While last year’s Time 100 list was—according to Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal—the “youngest list” ever produced by the magazine, this year’s list also recognizes many notable figures under the age of 30 who are trailblazers not only in their respective fields, but have impacted the status quo and the world at large.
In celebration of the power of youth and as proof that millennials do more than brunch on overpriced avocado toast, keep scrolling to get to know the five youngest people on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 List.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg initiated the global school strike for climate movement that took off in December 2018 following her moving speech at the UN Climate Change COP24 Conference. As a symbol of determinism and daring, her frank criticisms of EU leaders for their lack of action towards climate change and global warming in conferences around the world has led three members of the Norwegian parliament to nominate Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded later this year.
Known most famously for his 2016 debut single “Location”, Khalid Donnel Robinson has since become a staple on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with hit tracks like “Love Lies” and “1-800-273-8255”. In 2018, his debut studio album American Teen was certified double platinum by the RIAA and was nominated for five Grammys and won two iHeartRadio Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and a Teen Choice Award in the same year.
Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka made headlines last September after her victory against 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the U.S. Open finals. Her second consecutive Grand Slam title came after winning the Australian Open in 2019, where she became the first Asian singles player to be ranked No. 1 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association.
Korean pop sensation BTS, better known as the seven-piece boy group that’s been taking the world by storm with their charming social media presence and immense global fan following, cracked the list with a median band age of 24. The oldest member of the group, Jin, is 26, while the youngest, Jungkook, is only 21.
They’ve won numerous awards in their home country of South Korea but their laundry list of international accomplishments include two Billboard Music Awards, an American Music Award, a Platinum single (“Mic Drop”), three Gold singles (“Mic Drop”, “DNA”, “Fake Love”), and one Gold album (Love Yourself: Answer). When they’re not breaking world records and making history as an unprecedented K-pop group, BTS are UNICEF ambassadors who have addressed the UN in a speech devoted to the global education and training crisis.
American actress and model Indya Moore’s breakout role as Angel Evangelista in Golden Globe-nominated Pose brought her into the mainstream spotlight. She recently appeared in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign and can also be seen in Vogue, OUT, GQ, and in campaigns for Gucci and Christian Dior. She uses her star power to highlight the stories of marginalized people and speak out against racism and anti-LGBTQ hate speech.
You can check out the full Time 100 list here.
Catch BTS and Khalid perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, airing Wednesday May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV2.