Our Teens Make TIME’s Most Influential List
Auckland golfer Lydia Ko and singer Lorde have been included in TIME magazine’s annual list of the 25 most influential teens, a list based on social-media followings, cultural accolades and business acumen.
“After going pro last year, Ko, 17 now ranks third among women golfers worldwide, sparking interest in the sport ‘not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe,’ as golf legend Annika Sorenstam wrote in this year’s Time 100. Thanks to her many tournament wins and endorsement deal with Callaway, she’s also the youngest millionaire in LGPA history. ‘That’s big money. But when I’m out there I’m thinking about making birdies and hitting good shots and making putts rather than, “OK, this putt is going to give me an extra thousand.”’”
“[Lorde] born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, started 2014 off strong by nabbing two Grammy Awards for her inescapable smash-hit Royals. Since then, the singer-songwriter has become a force in music and pop culture: her debut album, Pure Heroine, went platinum; she won an MTV Video Music Award; and she signed on to curate the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, out 21 November. She has also established herself as a role model who promotes healthy body image. In March, she shared two photos of herself, one Photoshopped and one unedited, to remind her more than 1.3 million Twitter followers (at the time) that ‘flaws are ok.”’”
Original article by TIME, October 13, 2014.