Fresh from making it to the cover of Time Magazine, democracy activist Joshua Wong has been listed among the 25 most influential teenagers of 2014 by the same news publication.
Time said the 18-year-old Wong has become the face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.
“To some, he’s a symbol of hope—a youth rallying his peers to fight for a cause they believe in,” the magazine said.
For mainland authorities, however, Wong is an extremist and an emblem against China’s storied national order, it added.
Also on the list is Malala Yousafzai, 17, who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education and help refugee children.
Chloe Grace Mortez, 17, who played Hit-Girl in the movie Kick-Ass, also made it to the list.
US President Barack Obama’s daughters Sasha, 13 and Malia, 16, were also honored. Time said the two have become figures of national interest in the United States, and fashion trendsetters among teenagers.
According to latest votes on Time’s website, Malala was leading by a huge margin, while Wong ranked fourth.
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