Time magazine recently released its list of the 30 Most Influential Teens for 2017 ... and a 16-year-old Saudi girl is right in the top 10.
Rayouf Al-Humedhi took the 7th spot, surpassing Noah Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, Willow Smith and many others in the ranking.
"I can't believe it," Al-Humedhi tweeted in response to Time's list.
The 16-year-old is basically the reason a hijabi emoji is now a reality
The 16-year-old Saudi national has been getting media attention since she first sent a hijabi emoji proposal to Unicode Consortium, the technical organization that governs the evolution of emojis and handles new proposals, back in 2016.
"I honestly didn’t know what to expect and kind of couldn't believe they'd see it or even talk about it — all I wrote was a short paragraph," Alhumedhi told BuzzFeed News.
Her proposal caught the eye of Reddit's co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who not only promoted Al-Humedhi's proposal but co-drafted it.
Al-Humedhi's fight for representation is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
"Representation feels so good"
Outpouring support on social media soon followed ...
"Congratulations Rayouf! Well deserved"
"Keep it up, girl"
One word: "AMAZING"
A star, indeed
Syrian refugee Muzoon Al-Mellehan also made it to the list
Syrian refugee Muzoon Al-Mellehan - dubbed the "Malala of Syria" - also made it on Time's list. In June, the 19-year-old became UNICEF's youngest Goodwill Ambassador.
Al-Mellehan travels the world to "evangelize the importance of education." She plans to return to Syria sometime in the near future.
"Our country needs a strong generation," she once said.