6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List

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Supermodel, television personality, wife, and mother, Chrissy Teigen, has gained her influence and large fan base simply by being extremely relatable. She has over 5 million Twitter followers with whom she shares everything from her political views to personal anecdotes about motherhood and her marriage to renowned singer John Legend.
6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List
Chrissy Teigen

Supermodel, television personality, wife, and mother, Chrissy Teigen, has gained her influence and large fan base simply by being extremely relatable. She has over 5 million Twitter followers with whom she shares everything from her political views to personal anecdotes about motherhood and her marriage to renowned singer John Legend.

Yao Chen is a Chinese actress who has used her platform as the most popular person on Chinese social media site, Weibo, to bring attention to the global refugee crisis. Due to her commitment to outspoken activism, The United Nation’s High Commissioner credited her with bringing refugees “into the consciousness of millions of Chinese people” and appointed her the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador.
6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List
Yao Chen

Yao Chen is a Chinese actress who has used her platform as the most popular person on Chinese social media site, Weibo, to bring attention to the global refugee crisis. Due to her commitment to outspoken activism, The United Nation’s High Commissioner credited her with bringing refugees “into the consciousness of millions of Chinese people” and appointed her the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador.

7-year-old Bana Alabed became the face of children Syrian children after tweeting from her mother’s account about the terrors of bombs falling from the sky “like rain.” Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad dismissed the tweets as propaganda after they received international attention, but that did not deter her influence. Bana signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster and as of December 2016, she and her family are living as refugees in Turkey.
6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List
Bana Alabed

7-year-old Bana Alabed became the face of children Syrian children after tweeting from her mother’s account about the terrors of bombs falling from the sky “like rain.” Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad dismissed the tweets as propaganda after they received international attention, but that did not deter her influence. Bana signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster and as of December 2016, she and her family are living as refugees in Turkey.

Singer and fashion icon, Rihanna, has built a strong base in her fans known as the “Rihanna Navy” that her tweets, snapchat posts and Instagram comments have become headline worthy. Fans and trolls alike love interacting with Rihanna online because they never know when she might respond. One of the biggest responses Rihanna has given a fan on social media is agreeing to a movie pitch a Tumblr user suggested based on her picture of Rihanna and actress Lupita Nyong’o.
6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List
Rihanna

Singer and fashion icon, Rihanna, has built a strong base in her fans known as the “Rihanna Navy” that her tweets, snapchat posts and Instagram comments have become headline worthy. Fans and trolls alike love interacting with Rihanna online because they never know when she might respond. One of the biggest responses Rihanna has given a fan on social media is agreeing to a movie pitch a Tumblr user suggested based on her picture of Rihanna and actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Fitness guru, Cassey Ho, has turned her popular YouTube channel into an empire. From her website to her app, to her podcast, Ho has gained millions of devoted followers who look to her for motivation and inspiration on getting in shape. Not only does she share workout videos, but she also shares her personal stories of eating disorders and feeling pressured to have the perfect body.
6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List
Cassey Ho

Fitness guru, Cassey Ho, has turned her popular YouTube channel into an empire. From her website to her app, to her podcast, Ho has gained millions of devoted followers who look to her for motivation and inspiration on getting in shape. Not only does she share workout videos, but she also shares her personal stories of eating disorders and feeling pressured to have the perfect body.

Huda Kattan has used Instagram to become arguably the most influential beauty blogger. She regularly posts mini-tutorials and beauty hacks for her 20 million followers to enjoy. Her success on social media has led to attention from the New York Times and a popular beauty line that has made her both an influencer and an entrepreneur.
6 Multicultural Women Featured in TIME’s Top 25 Influential People on the Internet List
Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan has used Instagram to become arguably the most influential beauty blogger. She regularly posts mini-tutorials and beauty hacks for her 20 million followers to enjoy. Her success on social media has led to attention from the New York Times and a popular beauty line that has made her both an influencer and an entrepreneur.

In the age of social media, anyone, whether they’re a celebrity or just someone with something to say, can gain mass influence. Among TIME’s list of the Top 25 Influential People on the Internet were six women of color who have used their online platforms to inspire, empower and entertain in ways that have gained them notoriety. Here’s a look at these women who have made the world pay attention through their Tweets, Snapchats, Instagrams and YouTube videos. 

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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