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Wait. The Obamas and the Jenners on the same list? On the same anything? Really? Yes, really. And, if you take a closer look, it's not as wacky as it sounds.
The magazine put its list together by analyzing "social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more." Other exceptional teens who made the second annual list include Lorde, Jaden Smith, Chloë Grace Moret, Austin Mahone, and Tavi Gevinson. But, none of them have as many parallels as the Obamas/Jenners.
Malia, Sasha, Kylie, and Kendall have all grown up in the spotlight on almost identical timelines. Keeping Up With the Kardashians debuted in 2007, a year before Obama took office. Fame is all they know. Though the Jenners actively court it — while the Obamas actively try to avoid it — our fascination with young celebrities is growing at an exponential rate. Both the Obamas and the Jenners have each reached their peak popularity.
And, the similarities don't end there.
Malia made national headlines this summer, when she was spotted at Lollapalooza. The Jenners, as we know, are Coachella mainstays. Sasha became an instant style icon after the knitted unicorn sweater she wore at a basketball game last year sold out at ASOS almost instantly. Kendall, meanwhile, is the hottest fashion model in the game.
Both have Hollywood aspirations, too. Malia interned as a production assistant on the set of the CBS show, Extant, this summer, while Kylie has openly talked about her desire to be an actress. Both sets of sisters have grown up under incredibly abnormal circumstances, intense scrutiny, and unimaginable pressure. And, all have done it on their own terms. (TIME)