Kylie & Kendall Jenner once again top Time’s ‘most influential’ teens list

Kylie Jenner

Well, Kylie and Kendall Jenner have done it again. It’s only been a year since the two youngest members of the Kardashian-Jenner Klan were honored as two of Time magazine’s most influential teenagers in the world. At the time, the two superficial ladies sat alongside Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, and all three have made the list again. Other notable inclusions include spacey Jaden Smith and wise Amandla Stenberg, and I’m sure Amandla is not thrilled to end up on a list with Kylie’s cornrows. Oh well.

Kylie spoke briefly with Time about how she’s such a trend setter, which is terrifying because it’s true. This is, after all, the year of the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. Here’s how Kylie feels about this repeated honor. In short, she’s cool with it:

On the lip challenge: “Everything I do, I always start these huge trends. I just want to inspire my fans to be whoever they want to be, because that’s what I’ve always done.”

[From Time]

All of this mess could be seen as Time trying to grab more eyeballs for their website, which is probably true. This is also a sign of the Kardashian times. They’re never going away, it seems. We’ll see generation after generation of Kardashian reality shows. Several husbands will come and go, and yet, Ryan Seacrest will still be standing. He’s sort of to blame for all of this, right? Thanks Ryan Seacrest, for corrupting the youth of America.

Kendall Jenner

Kylie Jenner

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  1. Michelle says:

    I weep for the future. I’m so glad my 15 year old daughter and her friends think that the Kardashian clan is a bunch of opportunistic trash that will do anything for exposure.

    • MelissaManifesto says:

      Wonderful parenting from you! Congrats!!!!!

    • Nicolette says:

      +2. Had a conversation with someone recently about time travel and if it were possible which would we rather see, the future or the past. We both said the past. The future doesn’t look so promising these days.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Good for her, and you! I don’t have kids but some of my cousins do (ranging in ages from 8 to 19) and the younger girls are showing signs of caring about the Kardashians, which just…makes me shiver.

    • AmyB says:

      @Michelle…me too. My 15 year old daughter sees them as vapid and pointless which I applaud! I too weep for the next generation and yes, thanks a lot Ryan Seacrest 🙁

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      That is comforting. My friends’ teenage children aren’t into them at all, either.

  2. RandomGirl says:

    We’ll see no end to this, will we?

  3. Val says:

    *bangs head against wall*

  4. Kate says:

    Kylie gets on my nerves, but at least Kendall has her own career and it’s not an app on a phone. I can see how they both made the list, but I’d rather Kendall over Kylie any day.

    • Allie says:

      It bothers me when I see comments like this. Kendall has a “career” in modeling. Because of her family. She didn’t get this job because she has talent, or because she a unique look. She didn’t spend years working hard for this job. She fell into it because she’s naturally thin and tall, and her family has connections. She’s not using brain cells at all. If she was shorter or chunkier, she would have the exact same “career” as Kylie.

      • ashipper says:

        I really agree with this. Kendall definitely is a pretty girl and is built like a model but she wouldn’t be anything special if she didn’t have her family connections.

      • teacakes says:

        I agree. Gigi and Cara may have got a foot in the door through connections too, but at least they had more of a distinctive look/It factor.

        Without her famous brother-in-law’s name to get her foot in the door, Kendall wouldn’t be modelling for any even remotely connected to high fashion. I wouldn’t give any of her pictures a second look, that’s how forgettable she is as a model.

    • Kitten says:

      I agree with you, Kate.

      I really hate defending a Kardashian but Kendall looks like a model to me. She has a very pretty face and a perfect body for modeling.

      As far as getting the job because of her name? Well how is she any different than Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevigne and her sister Poppy, Hailey Baldwin, Ireland Baldwin, Lily Rose Depp, Georgia May Jagger, Kaia Gerber, and the list goes on and on?

      Because she’s a Kardashian, people love to make it seem like she’s the first rich privileged celebuspawn to get a career because of her name but she’s one of many. In my opinion she’s FAR prettier than Gigi or Cara, although I admit that Cara has that It Factor that Kendall lacks. That doesn’t mean that Kendall isn’t fit for the catwalk though.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Agree, and laugh if you will, I do think modeling is work. The hours are long, the people are nasty as hell, the shoes don’t fit, everybody is waiting for you to trip… I wouldn’t want that life.

      • Allie says:

        Kitten- she is not any different than GiGi, Cara or Hailey. I think they’re all crap models. They all cashed in because of their family connections. The real models are the ones they aren’t Instagram famous: Karlie kloss, Jordan Dunn, Joan smalls.

      • Kitten says:

        @Allie-Meh. You’re probably right, but I don’t care much for modeling or the fashion world. My point (and I think we agree) was simply that attractive, rich, privileged people getting doors opened for them when others have to work for it is nothing new. I’m not sure why people act like Kendall Jenner invented the concept.

      • Jegede says:

        @Allie – Yep

        @Kitten – Exactly.

        People twist themselves into knots to claim one trustfund baby is a more ‘deserving’ model than the other, wholly from bias.

      • parissucksliterally says:

        I agree with you. Kendall is perfect for modeling. People love to say she isn’t because of who she is, but I think she is a good model.

    • swack says:

      While I agree she has a job modelling, she still gets her pictures out there for reasons other than modelling. She just isn’t as over the top as the other ones.

  5. MonicaQ says:

    Most of the people I know around that age think they are “fake”, “date dumb boys”, or “just stupid…who says “like” every five seconds?”.

  6. NeNe says:

    Famous for what….. being famewh*res like the rest of their family?? That’s pretty scary that they’re considered most influential… WTF are people thinking?

  7. vauvert says:

    You know, just curious how do they determine the most influential teens? Because we have seven kids in my close family – oldest is 14 and youngest is 8. None of them, nor any of my son’s friends would express anything other than contempt for people like Bieber, the Kardashians etc. or buy anything they advertise – on the contrary, they would run in the opposite direction. Granted, these kids are all in the 1%, so maybe my view is totally skewed… But they look up to hockey stars, and yes Malala, and Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, the guy who invented Minecraft, whatever his name is, and politicians ( so in our case Justin Trudeau.) so I actually have hope for the future. At least part of it.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree. It’s based on superficial measures. It’s a superficial world, but I work with kids, and I’m with you – not one would think anything about these kids is to be admired. There are amazing teens out there, and fortunately, I think this popularity contest is like any other in high school – the popular kids end up peaking in high school while everyone else continues to develop into great people.

      • claire says:

        I really don’t get how they measure this either. I’ve no idea what they influence kids to do and a lot of Kardashian products don’t sell. Are they basically judging the ‘influence’ on their number of followers? I hope not. Because most of those are fake.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      I agree too! MY 15 year old sister or her friends doesn’t like the Kardashians or Bieber so I don’t know how accurate they are with this report. I feel like Pimp Mama Kris just goes around throwing money at magazines so they can put their family in them, or tells them that it’ll be like free advertising they get the clicks & the Kardashians get exposure.

  8. Mrs. Wellen Melon says:

    “I want to inspire my fans to be whoever my mom wants them to be because that’s what I’ve always done.”

    Fixed that for you, kid.

  9. Obsidian says:

    I feel sad that the youth of today look up to these girls.

  10. jwoolman says:

    Is there a most annoying teens in the world list?

  11. Nicolette says:

    Is she checking that her ass hasn’t deflated in the second photo?

  12. Kitten says:

    They ARE clearly influential though. As sad as it is, this family has a lot of influence on fashion and pop culture and they are profitable as f*ck.

    Like most of you, I weep for the future of humanity.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      In my heart I wanted their useless apps to fail but nope Kylie’s is the most successful. Long time ago I gave them a chance (I know! sorry) but I clearly detoxed from the Kardashians.

      No more watching their dumb tv shows, I moved on to better things like Chopped & Anthony Bourdain.

      • Kitten says:

        I’m glad you’re all better now and on the road to a full recovery.

        Bourdain and Chopped are amazing choices.

    • Trillion says:

      Yes, but some of these comments here are giving me hope!

    • Christin says:

      Part of me wants to think their influence is made up of ‘bots (paid followers) or whatever, and that most teens aren’t influenced by them. Yet just last week, I’m in a little small town shop, run by a very nice lady who mentions her teenage daughters drop everything to watch their show. I didn’t say anything judgy, but it made me sad.

      I also wonder, if I had a child, would I allow them to watch and follow someone like this? I would definitely try to guide them, but a part of me might also want to just ban them.

      • Cornish Pixie says:

        Your thinking is correct. The vast majority of that family’s “followers” are bots. They purchase lists and this was proven in the past. Their popularity, for lack of a better word, is smoke and mirrors. To validate that statement all you need do is read the comment sections of various papers and blogs. The hatred and vitriol can be staggering.

  13. Ava says:

    Although Time is right to say that the Jenner girls are very influential, it feels artificial to compare them to the likes of Malala. I have nothing against them, but wouldn’t it be better if there was a list for influential teens and one for powerful ones? Because influential can mean anything… even just being able to inspire new trends. Then when they actually decide to do something with this influence, and they become powerful enough to create real substantial changes (good or bad) they can move on to the other list. It would be interesting if only to be able to compare the members of each and transitions between both.

  14. M.A.F. says:

    I guess TIME doesn’t realize they don’t have to include the Kardashiah’s or Jaden Smith or any of those type of people. They can make a list of teens (and adults) who are actually doing things and not living on Twitter or Instagram or any other social media for that matter.

  15. Livealot says:

    Love both black looks

  16. Nancy says:

    I can almost understand Kendall because she is successful in modeling in spite of the fact she’s affiliated with them and that show. Kylie is being rewarded for bad behavior. She spends her time teaching tweens how to achieve the harlett look she rocks, posting pics of her penis birthday cake and dating a rapper way too old for her with a questionable rep. Yeah, she’s influential. Mothers, hide your babies.

  17. angela says:

    Saying someone is influential doesn’t mean they are a GOOD influence. This girl has wrecked cars while texting, “dates” a pedophile, uses her body to gain fame, gotten lip injections/plastic surgery all before being a legal adult…. She’s the prime example of how you DONT want your daughter to act…so I guess she is influential…

  18. INeedANap says:

    Are they that influential with actual teenagers? I feel like actual teens have moved on to other trendsetters, mostly Youtube and Vine stars.

    • vauvert says:

      Trust me, they are not really that influential. Maybe my sample group is small and skewed (privileged kids going to private schools in affluent neighbourhoods) but I do know a relatively large number of teens and tweens – I know a lot of families in my son’s school and his sports teams, they all have siblings and you had them talk, you hear who they follow – fortunately none of them consider the K’s other than a laughing stock. My nieces and nephews, also a similar profile but in different neighbourhoods (also upscale ones, but different cities) don’t give a fig about them either.
      I really believe the media is in a self feeding frenzy with those klowns now. And Jaden? I was reading a dlisted post about him a few nights ago when he had that incoherent interview – my son asked me what i was reading to make me laugh so hard. I showed him the piece and he was flabbergasted that a boy older than him could spout such nonsense. He had never heard of him, and he is very net savvy. I think their Twitter and Instagram followers are a combination of fake/spam accounts and people who follow them just to make fun of their stupidity as opposed to true fans.

  19. Lucy says:

    No Zendaya?

  20. Ang says:

    Kylie looks like a low budget hooker in both those above pictures, and Not 18

  21. Maya says:

    How on Earth would a super model and a do-nothing-changing-wigs-everyday be a role model ? Model of what ? Famewhoring, lazyness, stupidity and intellectual desert ?

  22. teacakes says:

    the fact that these two are even mentioned on the same list as Malala Yousafzai and Amandla Stenberg, is depressing.

    Some of the teens on that list really ARE inspirational (think sports stars, inventors, political activists and reporters), – which makes the inclusion of these Kardashians even more of a glaring misfit.

    I mean, on one hand you have teens who invented refridgeration-free ways to test for Ebola, climbed crazy hard rock trails, put their necks on the line to demand democracy from their central government, are planning to compete in the Olympics.

    and then you have the Jenners, whose ‘achievement’ is…….. instagram likes. WTF EVEN.

  23. Hannah says:

    There are lots of other really inspirational teens on that list. Why focus on those two? Why not make a post about Malala or if you want to go Hollywood why not Amandla? This is part of the problem.

  24. Clairej says:

    God I really didn’t think or ever expect Kylie to happen. Kendall is an annoying, bland model who has lucky connections, but I can stomach her over Kylie. Kendall is pretty, but there is no spark to her photos. Depressing 🙁

  25. Seabee says:

    Kylie just wants to be whoever she wants to be? Completely rearranging your face with nose and chin jobs, fake lips, etc. to look like your slutty big sister is a start. This is being a role model for teens? Hey don’t be an average looking kid, get plastic surgery.

    Henry Luce is rolling in his grave.