Top Kid and Teen BlogsJillian Capewell
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1: Tavi Gevinson, Style Rookie
Style rookie? More like seasoned pro. The fashion industry probably wasn't prepared for the influence Gevinson, who started her "Style Rookie" lifestyle and inspiration blog at age 11, would eventually have as a tastemaker, fashion rule-breaker, and insightful commenter on trends. She met Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, received goodies from top designers, and most recently, worked with magazine maven Jane Pratt on a potential website. We like how it seems as if she never takes herself too seriously and acknowledges the fact that despite her fashion-world cred and over 33,000 Twitter followers, she still has to make it to her English class on time.
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2: Ruby Karp, Hello Giggles
While most of the columnists on Hello Giggles (of which actress Zooey Deschanel is a founder) are in their mid-twenties and -thirties, one consistent voice differs from all the rest: Ruby Karp. Shes positive, offers great advice, and shes only 10 years old. Karp writes about being good at sports, rags on poor representations of girls on TV, and offers self-confidence tips and advice for surviving summer camp. If we had been half as confident at that age, middle school would have been a whole lot better.
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Spencer Tweedy has a pretty charmed life: as the son of Wilco lead singer, Jeff Tweedy, he celebrated his 13th birthday with his dads band before they opened for Neil Diamond. Having music in his blood seems to counteract the awkward teenage tendencies youd expect in the now-15-year-old: Tweedy Jr. is a skilled photographer and budding musician himself. He documents his experiences alongside normal kid stuff, like a petition to keep his friends shaggy hair from getting cut (parents, man), with captivating photography. Thats why we keep reading: despite his fame, Tweedy keeps it real, as only someone his age could.
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4: Julie Zeilinger, The F Bomb
At 16, Julie began The F Bomb, named not for the four-letter expletive youre thinking of, but another hot-button word: feminism. She launched the blog as a place for girls who have enough social awareness to be angry and who want to verbalize that feeling. Zeilingers site is more than just typical teenage angst, hosting an array of voices who arent afraid to speak up about what they think is wrong. And now at 19, Zeilinger is headed off to college, where shell be blogging for The Frisky about frat parties, financial aid, and more — I vow to major in unafraid, she wrote in a recent post.
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5: Gloson Teh, Gloson Blog
It seems that the internet is flooded with social media gurus but how many of them are 13? Gloson is a young tech guru from Malaysia, who uses his site to talk about social media, blogging, and more (we didnt even have cell phones until college!). The Google analytic rundowns and his sharp writing make you wonder if it really is a kid behind all the geek wisdom — but endearing poems like My Kittys Adventure suggest that there truly is a precocious kid behind the wisdom.
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6: Jane Aldridge, Sea of Shoes
Dont tell Jane Aldridge she has funky footwear. When she started her Sea of Shoes blog at 15, the clothes she featured — chunky Ann Demeuelmeester boots and sky-high heels — werent the typical duds youd see going down a high-school hallway. While her peers might not have caught on to her style, the fashion world did: today at 18, Aldridge has appeared on the pages of Teen Vogue and Vanity Fair, and she has collaborated on a line with clothing store Urban Outfitters.
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7: Maelo Manning, LibDemChild
Manning begins her blog fairly straightforwardly: Youre probably wondering whether this is really a childs blog or not. Well it is, hence the name. This 12-year-old London native covers politics from her point of view, even writing about the recent riots that rocked her hometown. Already named a top UK political blog, Mannings made a name for herself in the world of British politics.
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8: Evita Nuh, La Crème de la Crop
Lets crunch some numbers: Indonesian fashion blogger Evita Nuh boasts over 3,500 Twitter followers, 4,211 Facebook fans, and began her ascent into internet fame when she was 9. Now 12, Nuh shares outfit pictures, lengthy musings on her life, and things that inspire her. She always looks effortlessly cool and age-appropriate — heck, well probably be looking to her for fashion inspiration before our next shopping trip.
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9: Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, New Tiger in Town
Everyones heard the battle hymn of the tiger mother, but what does her daughter have to say? Author Amy Chuas teenaged daughter, 18, tackles this question in her blog, which reads like an eloquent version of your own teenaged diary: she recounts family gatherings, summer reading (shes only 300 pages into War and Peace), and details of her first paying job. Now that shes headed to Harvard, were sure well be seeing this new tiger really earn her stripes.
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10: Lourdes Leone, Material Girl
To correspond with the launch of Material Girl, a clothing line she started with her mom (better known as Madonna), 14-year-old Lourdes started a site with the same name. And for a girl whos just out of junior high, her blog is fierce — frequently updating about fashion trends and songs she cant get enough of (high-class sweatpants and a new Florence and the Machine song were both praised). If daughter is like mother, well bet this blog isnt the last well be hearing from this material girl.
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