TIME named Kendall and Kylie Jenner as two of the most influential teens based on “social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more.” The magazine gave a run-through of the accomplishments of the pair, who have “hosted red-carpet events, released clothing and nail polish lines and even published a dystopian young-adult novel this past summer (though yes, they had some help).”
The Jenner sisters of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” fame join the list with other teens like Erik Finman, who founded a tutorial-chat service for teens, and Malala Yousafai, who is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Other notable teens include Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, who are the daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as Joshua Wong, who joined the Hong Kong protests.
Twitter users have criticized TIME for including the Jenners on the list. For one, @ellaohno tweeted: “How can you compare Kylie Jenner to Malala Yousafzai looool.”
Kendall and Kylie Jenner have a robust social media following: Kendall has 14.5 million Instagram followers, while Kylie has 12.9 million.
Kendall is the more visible of the two, having walked for labels like Chanel and Marc Jacobs during fashion week in New York and Paris, which is no mean feat for a new model. She has also been on the covers of Teen Vogue and LOVE.
She has overtaken her half-sister Kim Kardashian as the most recognizable member of the family. She gets her share of the spotlight, having been romantically linked to Justin Bieber despite his on-off relationship with Selena Gomez.
However, Businessweek contributor Eric Chemi argued that Kylie is the more influential of the two.
“Kylie has been gradually trending up compared with her sisters in the past two years,” Chemi wrote. “As a haven for women 18 to 24, Polyvore’s users represent the shoppers on the edge of the fashion industry—and those with a parent-paid credit card.” Kylie has also launched her own line of hair extensions, with plans of breaking into showbusiness.
The two were said to have attended a private school but dropped out because of their numerous business engagements. Kylie now gets three to four hours of homeschooling each day, while Kendall is solely focused on her modeling career.
The Kardashian-Jenner television empire earned $65 million in 2012, with the bulk of the revenues streaming from the family’s reality television show, spin-offs, Dash clothing store and the Kardashian Beauty make-up line. They have also endorsed weight loss pills, shoes, self-tanning products, perfume and jewelry.
The Jenner sisters have yet to publicly comment on TIME’s list of 25 Most Influential Teenagers.
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