Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Are The Two “Most Powerful Girls Under 21”

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Seventeen has announced their Most Powerful Girls Under 21, and two Latinas top the list!

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are featured in the magazine’s 70th anniversary March issue as the first and second most powerful girls under 21 in Hollywood. 

The magazine dubbed 21-year-old Gomez “The Mogul” for her very busy 2013, which included several movie releases and a world tour, as well as the release of clothing lines for KMart and Adidas. Additionally, the 21-year-old heads up a movie production company and is an investor in an app startup. 

“This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly,” she told Seventeen. “Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have ‘Come & Get It’ be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am, because now I am ready for it.”

Her best friend, 21-year-old Demi Lovato isn’t far behind. Dubbed “The Cool Chick,” Lovato is lauded for her support of girls suffering from self-harm, eating disorders, and addiction. 

“I could keep my self-harm and addiction issues private, but I use them to help other people,” she said. “I chose the latter, and it’s the best decision of my life.”

Lovato has been open about her struggles with alcohol, drugs, and eating disorders, even penning a book about her demons called Staying Strong: 365 Days A YearThe self-help book is an inspirational guide for girls and young women who are facing similar struggles to Lovato. 

Fellow Latina Victoria Justice also made the list for her role as “The Philanthropist.” The magazine praises her for her work to protect girls’ rights around the world on behalf of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up organization. “I’m in a position where I can make a difference,” she said. “That’s a powerful thing.”

Congrats to all three amazing women! Check out the full list of honorees at Seventeen

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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