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Teen Takeover Week

These 10 Teen Social Media Stars Are The Future

Vine, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat—that's where you'll fine the latest and greatest teen talents. Want to know who's changing the game now and will continue to in the future? We've got 'em here!

1 / 10

Lauren Giraldo

Age: 18

Why She's The Future: Lauren Giraldo's fame was birthed from Vine but has since exploded into all realms of social media since (nearly 400,000 YouTube subscribers and 560,000 Twitter followers don't lie.) When she was getting her start, Giraldo managed to accumulate nearly 2.5 million Vine followers within year. She's up to 3.3 now, and it's because she's completely hilarious.

2 / 10

Bretman Rock

Age: 17

Why He's The Future: Want to learn how to do your makeup like the stars? You might search for a Kardashian tutorial on YouTube. Want to learn how to do your makeup like the stars and be completely entertained the entire time? You definitely want to visit Hawaiian teen Bretman Rock's YouTube channel. 700,000 subscribers aren't wrong when we say the only danger of his comedy is that you might crack up mid-vid and ruin that almost perfect contour. 

3 / 10

Alexis Isabel Moncada

Age: 17

Why She's The Future: Alexis is definitely the odd woman out on this list, but in the best way possible. We first learned of her awesomeness from a few articles she wrote for NYLON, most notably a post titled What Young Latinas Have To Gain From Feminism. A little digging revealed she's massively popular online and around Twitter and is the wunderkind behind the site Feminist Culture. If you're going to be 'net celeb, we hope you do it the way Alexis does it!

4 / 10

Alexis G. Zall

Age: 17

Why She's The Future: If you're reading this, and you love YouTube, you're probably familiar with one Shane Dawson. We don't think it would be incorrect to describe Zall as something of his protege: they've worked together on a number of projects. But that's not all, and Alexis is definitely holding it down on her own. She has her own podcast, Zall Good With Alexis G. Zall, but her real talent is found on the video platform. Just watch any one of her almost overwhelmingly honest clips and you'll see what we mean.

5 / 10

Big Nik

Age: 17

Why He's The Future: Big Nik's story is a really inspiring one. He has a form of dwarfism that leaves him hospitalized and in need of many, many surgeries—often. There's even a PEOPLE.com video series about it. Instead of giving into the mundanity and boredom of sitting in a hospital room all day, Big Nik took to Vine and Instagram and became a celebrity, making the best of his frequent immobility. Three million Vine followers from just being yourself? Sounds pretty good to us. An inspiration.

6 / 10

Hayes Grier

Age: 15

Why He's The Future: Easily one of the youngest voices on this list, Hayes Grier is kind of lucky...he comes from a legacy of social media celebrity. We first learned of the guy from his older brother Nash Grier, who is definitely one of the most popular names on the platform. It quickly became evident that Hayes had star talent, too. Don't just take our word for it, watch him above. 4.3 million followers and he can't even drive!

7 / 10

Jack Gilinsky of Jack & Jack

Age: 19

Why He's The Future: Perhaps attempting to follow in the likes of Shawn Mendes, Jack & Jack are truly succeeding at using their Vine fame to launch into a real music career. They get the added benefit of, you know, being a duo and being kind of hilarious dudes...their Vine fame interacts with some of the people on this list (like the Griers) insuring a certain dominance on the platform. They're only getting started, and Jack Gilinsky is still a teenager. Incredible.

8 / 10

Jonah Marais

Age: 17

Why He's The Future: Jonah is one of the newer Vine celebs, though he's already done a lot: in 2014, he appeared along side Nash Grier and other mega-social-star Cameron Dallas at Digitour, a large performance-conference thing boasting of the biggest (and usually, youngest) names in the field of social media superstardom. He's now working hard towards YouTube fame.

9 / 10

Madison Beer

Age: 17

Why She's The Future: Madison Beer is usually described as being Justin Bieber's protege, and we agree with the title. She exploded instantaneously, as is the culture now, when Biebs tweeted a video of her singing. Soon after, she signed to Island Records. The video that broke her career was a cover of Etta James' "At Last," which you can view above.

10 / 10

Tez Mengestu

Age: 18

Why He's The Future: We've covered a lot of ground here, but most of these teen talents were birthed from Vine or YouTube. Tez Mengestu's story best lives on Instagram and his 350,000 followers are totally right in admiring the guy. He's pretty hilarious, taking full advantage of Insta's video feature. He's now looking into modeling which, you know, makes sense.

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