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20 Gen Z Influencers You Need to Know

If you haven’t heard, Gen Z-ers are taking over the world, starting with your Instagram feed. People who are considered Gen Z’s were born in 1995 or later and the generation is full of individuals who grew up with technology at their finger tips. They’re entrepreneurs, early-starters and even more connected than the generations that preceded them. To get you up to speed with the Gen Z-ers that you need to know, we rounded up a list of 20 Gen Z influencers that are 21 years old and younger that also happen to have the best hair. From actors and actresses to beauty vloggers and models, keep reading to find out about the most influential Gen Z babies and how they’re taking the world and the internet.


1. Zendaya, 21


The actress, singer, fashion designer and ambassador for CoverGirl and Chi Hair Care, is not only multi-talented but gives us major mane envy. She starred in Spiderman: Homecoming earlier this year, slays the red carpet and uses her Instagram platform to encourage her 44.5 million followers to stay in the know about social issues.

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2. Kaia Gerber, 16


With a mother like Cindy Crawford, it’s no wonder the 16 year old is already taking the fashion world by storm. With a killer walk and luscious locks, she’s having a major breakout fashion month walking in shows like Alexander Wang and Rihanna’s Fenty Puma.

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3. Olivia Guinnulli, 17


Lori Laughlin’s daughter is a mega Youtube vlogger with 1 million subscribers and almost 590k Instagram followers, the 17-year old posts beauty, fashion and lifestyle tutorials that primarily focus on giving her followers a look into a day in the life of Olivia, a high school senior.

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4. Amanda Stenberg, 18


The Hunger Games actress and Teen Vogue cover girl with the most killer bleached buzz cut, and perhaps the wokest teenager on the planet right now. Besides her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, the 18 year old is most noted for her social commentary video “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows”, which went viral about four years ago and garnered the attention of not only everyone with internet connection but the likes of Oprah and Beyonce, as well.

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5. James Charles, 18


CoverGirl Ambassador and all around makeup guru, the 18-year-old has 2.4 million followers and is constantly posting lit AF makeup looks on our feeds. James’ partnership with CoverGirl started a major buzz in the boy beauty arena and ever since, other beauty brands have started to follow suit and move towards a more inclusive industry.

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6. Lewys Ball, 18


Another 18-year-old makeup guru shining light on boy beauty, Lewys Ball recently starred in a Rimmell London ad campaign and his Instagram feed is a beauty lover’s wonderland.


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7. Jordan MacKensie, 18


Jordan MacKensie’s Instagram account and YouTube page are filled with soft, sculptural, ethereal braids in all sorts of sizes, styles and dimensions. All of the images on the 18 year old’s Instagram can be linked back to tutorials for each look on her YouTube page, making all of her social media accounts a braid fairytale land.

8. Luka Sabbat, 19


Born into a fashion family and noted as being a protege of Kanye West, Luka is an actor, model and designer among other things wore a custom Tom Ford suit to his prom, specifically sent to him by the designer. Talk about #goals.


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9. Jordyn Woods, 19


While you may know her as Kylie Jenner’s bff, Jordyn is making her own name in the fashion world as a runway and commercial model for brands like Asos and Addition Elle. This past NYFW however, when Jordyn walked the runway for Addition Elle, she was debuting her first ever design collaboration with the brand.

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10. Ava Dash, 17


Daughter of Rachel Roy and Damon Dash, the 17 year old is a major Gen Z Influencer and recently signed a modeling deal with DT Model Management.


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11. Jénayé Noah, 19


Born into a modeling family with a mom who is a model, Jénayé has walked in major Haute Couture shows like Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel and we have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more from the 19 year old in the future.

12. Selah Marley, 17


Daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, the 17 year old singer and model has inked deals with Beyonce’s Ivy Park brand at TopShop, Miu Miu and walked in Yeezy Season 2 last season.

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13. Taylor Hill, 21


The 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret model with the baby blues and killer mocha mane has also walked in shows like Ralph Lauren and Fenty Puma and is the envy of her 8.5 million Instagram followers. When she’s not gracing the runways, the 21 year old is serving up major squad goals with her other super model bff Daphne Groeneveld.

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14. Dove Cameron, 21


The blonde bombshell has starred in various Disney Channel shows (and was recently our Prom Mane Muse) and her eccentric style is sure to brighten up your feed.

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15. Lindsey Remi, 18


The YouTube vlogger and Gen Z Influencer with the killer highlight posts fun beauty tutorials and hauls and is definitely worth a follow. The 18 year old college student’s recent All About Lash Extensions will definitely give you that ‘A-HA’ moment if you’ve been struggling to apply faux lashes.


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16. Teala Dunn, 20


The 20-year-old YouTuber and actress is major mane and outfit goals. Teala played a role in TBS’s Are We There Yet? but is most noted for her lifestyle YouTube tutorials from clothes and makeup hauls to life updates and Q + A’s with her bae.

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17. Vivian V, 19


This beauty is known for her sky high lashes  and her amazing fashion, beauty and lifestyle tutorials. The 19 year old has 1.7 million YouTube subscribers where she posts hair and makeup ‘get the look’ videos as well as outfit ideas for her followers to gawk over.

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18. Hailee Steinfeld, 20


When your first major role is alongside Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in True Grit, chances are your career is very bright. Such is the case with Hailee Steinfeld who made major waves co-starring in Pitch Perfect 2 and will be in Pitch Perfect 3 coming out later this year – funny and a major mane? We’re here for it.


19. Lily Rose-Depp, 18


The daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis is an actress, model and Chanel muse. She’s fronted for the iconic Chanel No. 5, and has worked on several French films and was even handpicked by Natalie Portman to play the role of her little sister in Planetariem. 

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20. Kyemah McEntyre, 19


To round out our list of Gen Z Influencers, Kyemah McEntyre is the artist and visionary with all the natural hair goals and garners the attention of 86k followers on her Instagram page where she gives a glimpse of her paintings and fashion designs.

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