Amandla Stenberg: The super cool Gen Z icon and the voice of her generation
By Sarah Owen

She’s a talented musician and actress, plus she doesn’t shy away from important social conversations. WGSN Youth Editor Sarah Owen charts the rise of this icon.

Feb 26, 2016

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As part of our monthly Icon series, I’ve been looking at the tastemakers who stand out from the crowd.

In the youth market there are lots of new faces emerging all the time, which is very exciting, but it can be hard for just one to stand out. One lady who is making a big mark right now, carving out her position as the voice of her generation is Amandla. From a starring role in The Hunger Games, to notable magazine covers this year including Teen Vogue (where she was interviewed by Solange Knowles) and ASOS Magazine


to her viral video last year about cultural appropriation and an Instagram following of 630k, she is definitely one to watch.

Here’s three reasons she’s taking the world by storm:

1. She doesn’t play it safe

Rising to fame after her role in The Hunger Games, Amandla is pushing boundaries both on and off the screen. Her highly vocal efforts on social media around cultural appropriation, feminism and the important of female friendships have pushed her to the foreforent of social activism conversations.

2. She does it all

Not limited to one career path, Amandla is a talented musician, currently the other half of folk rock duo Honeywater. She is also the co-author of the comic book Niobe: She is Life.

3. She wears her feelings on her sleeve

She uses fashion as a platform for advocating her beliefs, she gravitates towards statement slogans plastered on sweatshirts or tees.


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