Along with trans activist Gavin Grimm and bisexual star Amandia Stenberg. Move over, Kylie Jenner!
James Charles has made TIME’s list of the 30 most influential teens in the world – along with a number of other LGBT and gender non-comformers.
The 17-year-old make up artist trended worldwide last year after putting his fierce and fabulous senior year photo online.
The now-CoverGirl model appears on the 2016 countdown alongside the likes of Kylie Jenner, Simone Biles and Jaden Smith – known for his daring, fluid approach to fashion.
Virginia-based trans activist Gavin Grimm is also honored. The 17-year-old is suing his schools’ district for banning him from the boys’ bathroom.
Bisexual Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg [above] is also named. The star has spoken about gender identity and said they/their gender pronouns ‘make me feel comfortable.’
Explaining why James was chosen, a TIME spokesperson said the following.
‘For more than 50 years, CoverGirl models have always been female and often been famous. That all changed with Charles, a high school student from Bethlehem, N.Y.
‘A month after the makeup enthusiast made national headlines for bringing his own ring light to his second senior-picture shoot — he didn’t like how he looked in the first one — CoverGirl named him its first “cover boy.”
‘Now Charles is slated to appear in print, television, and digital campaigns for the cosmetics titan, both by himself and with celebrity brand ambassador Katy Perry.’
Taking to Twitter, James said the accolade had left him ‘speechless.’
holy crap i am literally on this list. james charles, 17. right there. that’s me. i am beyond speechless https://t.co/5foOglk1KE
— James Charles (@jcharlesbeauty) October 20, 2016
Speaking to Mashable about the photo, James had the following to say.
‘I recently got into makeup and wanted to have a pretty iconic picture since I knew it would live forever with myself and all my friends at school.
‘[The photos] came out okay but the lighting in the room was bad and my highlight was NOT on fleek.’
Congratulations, guys! You’ve all done amazingly!