It's time to make way for a new generation of inspiring young women. Women who have created game-changing magazines for teens, spoken out on racial injustice, and shattered our ideas of beauty standards -- all before (most of them) are legally able to vote. Yes, these girls exist, and their names are Barbie Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Amandla Stenberg, Halsey, and Rowan Blanchard. CR Fashion Book gathered them all for one power-filled feature that will tear down the notions of what it means to be young and a woman in 2016.
You may have seen Barbie Ferreira when she was thrust into the spotlight after her unretouched photos for American Eagle's loungewear line Aerie went viral. The 19-year-old model got her first break after sending selfies to the casting department of American Apparel and has since signed to Wilhelmina models. She boasts a strong following on social media with almost 300 thousand followers on Instagram alone.
"I gained my confidence the day I realized that people on the Internet are cruel for no reason," she told CR. "I think it's on purpose that we're all made to feel insecure since birth. No matter what, you're not enough -- you're too skinny or you're too fat. You have no boobs or too big boobs."
While she's faced backlash from some of the darker corners of the Internet, Barbie has made it her goal to speak out on body issues, starring in campaigns like #droptheplus.
"I'm doing this so people get that it's not about being thin," she said.
Tavi Gevinson started her fashion blog Style Rookie seven years ago. She later dropped the "Style" and opened up her blog to other contributors, creating Rookie, an online magazine that's featured hundreds of writers from esteemed journalists to celebrities to young girls hoping to make an impact. Tavi has since published four print Rookie yearbooks and starred in "This Is Our Youth" on Broadway.
Oh, and she's 19.
"Listen to yourself and listen to each other," she advised. "Listen to others because you'll learn so much from being exposed to other people's experiences."
"A lot of the time, the things that I'm sharing are things that people are trying to share but don't have enough people listening to them," said 17-year-old actress and activist Amandla Stenberg.
While we may have been introduced to Amandla through her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, we truly got to know her through her impassioned and thoughtful statements on feminism and racial injustice. Her video "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows," which she created for a school project, went viral last year and brought much-deserved attention to the issue of cultural appropriation.
She's starting at New York University's film school this year, but of course, with a clear goal in mind.
"My dream is to direct movies and provide representation for people who end up being token or secondary characters," she told CR. "I've grown up as part of the movie industry, and that's the most invalidating feeling, to recognize that roles don't exist for you. I realize now that I need to create them myself."
Halsey pushed her way to the radio (and into your ears) with the 2015 summer anthem "New Americana," which spoke to almost an entire generation -- despite her intentions, ironically enough.
"I don't speak for anything," she said. "I can't speak for any experience but my own, and if people can relate to that, then that just goes to show how similar people are despite the diversity. The fact that people of all races and all classes and all creeds are relating to this song when it's from a very specific perspective is proof."
With a critically and commercially successful album Badlands and duets with artists like Justin Bieber under her belt, Halsey's voice and reach to the new generation is vast -- and she has a key note of advice to share.
"This generation is so intelligent. They care about racism, feminism, ableism, and that's such a positive mentality, but they need to leave room for forgiveness," she said. "Nobody is perfect and people are educating themselves at different paces. So be mindful."
To say that Rowan Blanchard is wise beyond her years would be a gross understatement. At 14 years old (yes, really) the Disney actress is a champion for intersectional feminism and gender equality, even speaking at the UN Women's U.S. National Committee's 2015 Conference.
"One of the huge privileges that we have as teens in America today is the Internet and being able to talk to people," she said. "Girls like Tavi, Barbie, and Amandla are not doing it for themselves -- they're doing it for all of us. I've found a sisterhood in it. We owe it to each other to help each other along."
Check out the full feature in issue 8 of CR Fashion Book and at crfashionbook.com.