'm not making a unique statement when I say that Logan Paul is an idiot. And I don't really want to waste valuable space on the internet adding to the conversation of what an idiot he is because it's been said and it's very much known. In my opinion, the best thing we can all do is stop talking about Logan Paul, and stop giving him any sort of platform/attention.
The only thing I really want to say about Logan Paul is that he offers a stark contrast to the young women currently taking over Hollywood. So, instead of adding my voice to the "LOGAN PAUL SUCKS" conversation (and he sucks very much), I wanted to take a moment and highlight young women who inspire me. They all happen to be 21 and younger.
Which is... bonkers. And crazy. And makes me think "What the hell am I doing with my life?" But also makes me so thankful and inspired, especially during a time when everything sort of feels helpless. While idiots like Paul continue to use their platform to melt the minds of small children, all of these women are using those same platforms to quite literally make the world we live in a better place.
Yara Shahidi - actress, model, activist.
When I found out Yara Shahidi was only 17, I nearly fell out of my chair. When I was 17, I was in love with a guy in the drumline named Todd who was obsessed with Incubus. I spent most of my time looking up the lyrics to Incubus songs so I could woo Todd and we could fall in love.
Yara Shahidi, on the other hand, is getting a college recommendation letter from Michelle Obama and leading global conversations about the importance of education for women.
Oh, and did I mention how she's doing all of this while being a TV star?
Shahidi stars as Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross’ teenager daughter on the hit ABC sitcom, Black-ish. She then got her own spin-off, Grown-ish, that premiered on ABC’s Freeform earlier this year.
Shahidi is an example of someone who has come upon a door that's cracked open, and then stomp-kicked the whole thing down.
“My trouble with defining activism is that it tells you what it’s not and activism is everything,” she said on being an activist. “For me, it comes through art: being intentional with the roles I choose, backing projects that are socially aware, or trying to push forward a progressive conversation and public speaking is another method.”
Zendaya - actress, singer, producer.
I first started seeing Zendaya pop up when I was perusing Tumblr. Someone would always be reblogging her flawless fashion as she strutted along red carpets. Then, once she was cast in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, I began to pay attention and shortly thereafter I became a full-fledged Zendaya fan/stan/whatever the children are saying on Twitter nowadays.
My impulse is to say something like, "ZENDAYA IS EVERYTHING" and while that may sound trite, I really do mean it.
Yara Shahidi actually interviewed Zendaya for Glamour magazine in October of 2017. I remember reading the interview and feeling stunned and inspired. Their conversation was incredibly powerful, moving, and intelligent.
Zendaya is one of the youngest producers Disney’s ever had. Her willingness to speak up about things she cares about set her apart from most actresses her age (she turned 21 in September).
“Here’s the thing—I can genuinely say that I’m not the same person I was a year ago,” Zendaya said in the Glamour interview. “As my social platforms grew, I realized that my voice was so much more important than I had originally thought. I think if every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different. And it’s becoming more popular to be outspoken.”