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20 & Under: 10 Young Women That Are Winning In Hollywood  was originally published on

1. China McClain – age 17

China McClain – age 17

China’s career began in 2005 and soon after she appeared in Daddy’s Little Girls alongside Idris Elba. From 2011 to 2014 she starred in Disney’s ‘A.N.T Farm’.

2. Sydney Park – age 18

Sydney Park – age 18

Sydney is the youngest comedian to ever perform at the Hollywood Improv. She made her television debut in 2006 on ‘That’s So Raven’. She now appears alongside Tia Mowry-Hardrict on ‘Instant Mom’.

3. Coco Jones

Coco Jones

Coco is most known for her role on Disney’s ‘Let It Shine’ and was signed to Hollywood Records where she released ‘Holla At The DJ’.

4. Quvenzhane Wallis – Age 12

Quvenzhane Wallis – Age 12

She is known for her role in the drama film ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, where she became the youngest actress ever and the first person born in the 21st century to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is also well-known for starring in the 2014 ‘Annie’ remake, receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.

5. Samantha Logan – age 19

Samantha Logan – age 19

She is best known for her starring role as Nona Clark in the ABC drama series ‘666 Park Avenue’. She was also cast in ABC’s soap ‘General Hospital’ and in 2014 she joined the cast of ‘Teen Wolf’.

6. Willow Smith – age 15

Willow Smith – age 15

Willow made her acting debut in 2007 in the film ‘I Am Legend’. She launched her music career in 2010 with the hit ‘Whip My Hair’ and has since signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, as the youngest artist in the label’s history. She released her debut album in 2015.

7. Amandla Stenberg – age 17

Amandla Stenberg – age 17

She is best known for her portrayal of young Cataleya in ‘Colombiana’ and Rue in ‘The Hunger Games’.

8. Zendaya – age 19

Zendaya – age 19

Zendaya is a singer and actress who has been on screen since she was a toddler. In 2009 she starred in Disney’s Shake It Up and went on to join ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in its 16th season. Most recently she was tapped to play Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic, but pulled out due to production issues. She was named the face of CoverGirl in 2016.

9. Serayah – age 20

Serayah – age 20

Known for her role on the hit FOX show ‘Empire’, Serayah has quickly become a rising star. She also appeared in Taylor Swift’s music video for ‘Bad Blood’.