There's a wonderful movement going on among the young Hollywood crowd: Not only are the up-and-coming talents in the worlds of music, film and television taking more and more risks with high fashion, they're also using their fame and sizable social media followings to help take a stand on cultural issues such as race, gender fluidity, feminism and bullying. In short, they're teaching the youths that it's A-OK to be yourself. And this deserves to be celebrated.
For its April issue cover, W magazine cast the trifecta of "dream teens:" 16-year-old Kiernan Shipka, 19-year-old Zendaya and 15-year-old Willow Smith, who was just appointed as Chanel's newest brand ambassador by Karl Lagerfeld himself. The ladies are dressed in couture looks from Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Versace and more, but thanks to low-key styling with T-shirts, chokers, bare feet and bold lipstick, they look age-appropriate — not to mention badass.
In the accompanying interviews, the girls share wise-beyond-their-years anecdotes about their careers and growing up in the spotlight, as well as incidents that shaped their outspoken personalities. For instance, Zendaya admits that she never played with Barbies as a child because they "didn't look like [her]," so one of her proudest moments thus far was having one of the iconic dolls made in her likeness after the Oscars. "I was so excited that Barbie wanted to diversify their brand," she says. "Now all little girls can have a Barbie that looks like them."
Head to W magazine's website for the full story, and keep an eye out for the new issue when it hits newsstands in the coming days.