Tremendous Talents Under 25

It’s not always easy to make a name for yourself before you’re an adult, but these talented celebs prove that even teenagers can earn recognition for being in the top of their fields! From the world of fashion and film to football fields and Facebook, the people on this list have worked hard to bring their talents into the spotlight.

Tavi Gevinson, 14 years old

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Profession: Fashion Blogger
Date of Birth: 4/22/1996
First Claim to Fame: “Style Rookie”—the fashion blog she started at 11 years old
Accomplishments: Has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Pop Magazine, Teen Vogue, and French Vogue; designed her own t-shirt for London-based Borders & Frontiers
Fun Fact: Tavi’s parents didn’t even know she was a popular blogger until she asked for permission to appear in an issue of New York Times Magazine

Justin Bieber, 16 years old

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Profession: Singer
Date of Birth: 3/1/1994
First Claim to Fame: YouTube—Bieber’s mom uploaded various videos of his performances to the site, where he was discovered by his manager
Accomplishments: Debut release “My World” went platinum; first full studio release “My World 2.0” debuted at number one and went platinum in less than two months
Fun Fact: He taught himself how to play the Trumpet, Guitar, Piano and Drums

Selena Gomez, 18 years old

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Profession: Actress/Singer (Beezus and Ramona; Wizards of Waverly Place)
Date of Birth: 7/22/1992
First Claim to Fame: Portraying Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place
Accomplishments: Began acting at 7 years old; starred in Emmy Award-winning series Wizards of Waverly Place; debut album “Kiss & Tell” went platinum
Fun Fact: She’s an active philanthropist and is the youngest UNICEF Ambassador ever

Taylor Swift, 20 years old

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Profession: Singer
Date of Birth: 12/13/1989
First Claim to Fame: Debut single “Tim McGraw” went multi-platinum
Accomplishments: Best New Artist at Grammy Awards (2008); won four Grammy Awards on for her second album “Fearless” including Album of the Year; named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine (2009); was the bestselling musician of the year in 2008
Fun Fact: At 17 became the youngest person to write and sing a #1 country hit entirely on her own

Michael Cera, 22 years old

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Profession: Actor (Juno/Superbad/Scott Pilgrim versus the World)
Date of Birth: 6/7/1988
First Claim to Fame: Portrayed George Michael Bluth in the award-winning television series Arrested Development
Accomplishments: Won Breakthrough Artist in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards for Juno and Superbad (2007); received two Canadian Comedy Award Best Actor nominations for Juno and Superbad (2008)
Fun Fact: Was chosen as one of People Magazine‘s Sexiest Men Alive for 2007

Rhianna, 22 years old

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Profession: Recording Artist
Date of Birth: 2/20/1988
First Claim to Fame: Debut album “Music of the Sun” hit the top ten of the Billboard list
Accomplishments: Won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (2008), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (2009), and Best Rap Song (2010); At the Teen Choice Awards she won Female Breakout Artist and Choice R&B Artist (2006), Choice R&B Artist and Choice Summer Song (2007), and Choice Music: Rap/Hip-Hop Track (2010)
Fun Fact: She’s from Barbados

Maria Sharapova, 23 years old

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Profession: Tennis Player
Date of Birth: 4/19/1987
First Claim to Fame: In 2004, at age 17, she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams at Wimbledon for her first Grand Slam singles title
Accomplishments: WTA Newcomer of the year (2003); WTA Tour Player of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year (2004); won the ESPY for best ‘female tennis player’ (2005); won Whirlpool’s 6th Sense Player of the Year (2006); won 2 ESPY’s for ‘Best International Female Athlete’ and ‘Best Female Tennis Player’ (2007)
Fun Fact: She’s a natural lefty, but plays right-handed

Christian Siriano, 24 years old

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Profession: Fashion Designer
Date of Birth: 11/18/1985
First Claim to Fame: Project Runway-winning designer season 4 (the shows youngest winner)
Accomplishments: Won Project Runway’s “Fan Favorite” award; created a fifteen piece collection for Puma; his entire fall 2009 collection was picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue
Fun Fact: Has an ongoing line of shoes and bags for Payless

Lea Michele, 24 years old

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Profession: Actress/Singer (Glee)
Date of Birth: 8/29/1986
First Claim to Fame: She’s most well known for Glee, but she was a Broadway actress at the age of eleven and was the lead role in the hit musical Spring Awakening
Accomplishments: Nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical, Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance by Drama Desk for Spring Awakening (2007); nominated at Teen Choice Award for the Choice TV Breakout Star (2009); won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010); nominated at Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy and Choice Music: Group (2010); and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2010).
Fun Fact: She was included in Time Magazine’s 2010 list of the 100 Most Influential People In the World

Reggie Bush, 25 years old

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Profession: Football Player (New Orleans Saints)
Date of Birth: 3/2/1985
First Claim to Fame: College football star (University of southern California) and Heisman Trophy winner (2005)
Accomplishments: Heisman Trophy (2005); ESPN’s Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (2004); Freshman All-American (2003); Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
Fun Fact: His fundraising work for organizations that benefit diamond-producing countries in Africa earned him a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Awards (2010). Specifically, Bush worked on behalf of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, visiting Botswana and South Africa and raising money for education there.

Honorable Mention

These two talents may not be “under 25” but their achievements are definitely tremendous and deserve to be recognized!

Mark Zuckerberg, 26 years old

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Profession: Facebook Co-Founder
Date of Birth: 5/14/1984
First Claim to Fame: Facebook, need we say more?
Accomplishments: As of March 2010, he is the youngest billionaire in the world, with a net wealth of $4 billion in 2010 due to his 24% share of Facebook
Fun Fact: Facebook was inspired by the annual student directory (with headshot photos) from Phillips Exeter Academy, which students, faculty and staff knew as the “Facebook”

LeBron James, 26 years old

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Profession: Basketball Player (Miami Heat)
Date of Birth: 12/30/1984
First Claim to Fame: At 18 years old, he was selected with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a shoe contract with Nike before his professional debut
Accomplishments: 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010); NBA Rookie of the Year (2004); NBA Scoring Champion (2008); 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008); 6× NBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Fun Fact: James was ranked at #1 in the Forbes Top 20 Earners Under 25 with annual earnings of $27 million (2007)

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