Teen Vogue has provided important coverage of entertainment, politics and news for a younger generation and the platform highlights those in Hollywood pushing the culture forward. The magazine which recently switched to a digital only format debut their first digital cover with the Young Hollywood: The Class of 2018, with 8 young actors who are breaking barriers, advocating for equality and fighting for better representation, especially important in the #TimesUp era.
“I speak boldly about depression because I struggled with it and I tried to find different ways [to heal], and it just didn't work. I had to look deeper to find what could hold me, and I found that what held me together was my relationship with Jesus and my relationship with God.” Black Panther star @letitiawright gets candid about mental health in the Black community in her #TVYoungHollywood interview. Tap the link in bio for more. ⭐️📸: @camilafalquez 👗: @richardquinn1
Letitia Wright, undeniable breakout star of Marvel’s Black Panther adds her bright energy and free spirit to the list of talent. Her character Shuri, princess of Wakanda was much more than a pretty face. She lead all of the technological advancements in the hi-tech fictional country. Wright hopes that seeing Shuri excel on screen can inspire young girls to take science and math courses.
“I can only hope that Shuri can encourage a lot of girls to be a part of subjects in school like science and math and technology.”
The 24 -year-old actress also uses her platform to advocate for diversity and mental health awareness. She openly discusses her own battle with depression and hopes to help end the stigma of mental health, especially in the black community.
“I just feel like women should be treated equally, not only in this industry but in all industries, because unfortunately we're not. To be a woman and to be using my voice for Time's Up and just showing the world and telling the world, ‘We are here and we are valuable. And we can do good things and we can be just as great as men.’”— @StormReid talks about representation in Hollwood and what it was like working with @Oprah and @Ava on the set of #AWrinkleInTime as part of #TVYoungHollywood. Link in bio for more. 📸: @camilafalquez 👗: @simonerocha_
Storm Reid, star of the upcoming film A Wrinkle In Time also made Teen Vogue’s Young Hollywood list. “Diversity should be forever; it should be a normal thing” says Reid.
The 14-year-old is the youngest member of the 2018 Young Hollywood. Her role as Meg, is her biggest role to date, starring alongside Hollywood veterans Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling and working with Ava Duvernay with the largest budget granted to woman director. The young star hopes that more diverse casts are introduced to sci-fi and fantasy films.
“If I was younger, if I saw Meg as myself, Meg would empower me and inspire me and make me feel like I could save the world. So to have those characters and to be able to be that for young African-American girls or just young people in general is really empowering.”
Letitia Wright and Storm Reid are joined by Bria Vinaite, Sasha Lane, Margaret Qualley, Ellie Bamber, Laura Harrier and Awkwafina to round out the entire Teen Vogue Young Hollywood 2018 class.
Read about all eight talented actors here.