The Most Impressive Rising Stars Under 30

The latest list of noteworthy newcomers, burgeoning talent, and emerging faces in pop culture, fashion, digital, and beyond! And they all have one thing in common: They've built a name-and a following-for themselves before their 30th birthday. Scroll down to meet them!

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Kiernan Shipka, 12, actress
Kiernan Shipka
may only be a tween, but the pint-size Mad Men actress has already garnered more attention from the fashion world than some stars twice her age, with photo spreads in Interview, Grazia, Lucky, and New York magazine. She was also the youngest subject to be Coveteured, and from the looks of her closet, her love of clothing (and specifically designer Papo d'Anjo) is crystal clear. No word yet on what's next for this young star once Mad Men inevitably wraps, but we can definitely foresee something in fashion-after all, she already designs her own clothes.

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Molly McAleer, 28, Hello Giggles co-founder, blogger, writer
If the Internet had a reigning comedy queen, it would likely be L.A.'s Molly McAleer (a.k.a. Molls). The smart and sassy writer teamed up with Zooey Deschanel and Sophia Rossi to create HelloGiggles, an entertainment site geared to, well, other smart and sassy females. The site includes the standard girly fare: celebrity gossip, recipes, beauty tips-even a "cuteness" page with photos of puppies and rabbits (and Ryan Gosling, naturally). Now, when she's not trolling the Web, McAleer keeps busy writing for the CBS hit 2 Broke Girls. If you want to keep up with Molls, you can find her on virtually every Internet platform here.

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Katie Ermilio, 26, designer
The granddaughter of Grace Kelly's personal clothier, Katie Ermilio has elegant style running in her blood. The designer began her fashion career as an intern at Vogue and has quickly become the go-to wedding dress maker for industry editors and insiders. Her sharply feminine silhouettes are minimalist and understatedly glamorous-as close to couture as one can get on this side of the Atlantic.


Kimbra, 22, musician
Á la Britney, Christina, and Justin on The Mickey Mouse Club, Kimbra got her musical start on a children's TV show, What Now. But the chanteuse was propelled to worldwide fame for lending her vocals (and naked painted body) to Gotye's viral hit "Somebody That I Used to Know." The song charted nationally and internationally, reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. Fresh off the success of the single, the New Zealand singer-songwriter has released three more ditties of her own: "Settle Down," "Cameo Lover," and "Good Intent."

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Lena Dunham, 25, actress, director, writer
Cringe-inducing comedy has typically been the province of men (think Ricky Gervais, Larry David, and the Farrelly brothers). But with Lena Dunham's new, acclaimed HBO series Girls, the show's writer, director, and star shows that embarrassment doesn't discriminate by gender. "It's interesting to see how other people react to an oversharer," Dunham told the Huffington Post about her humor. "I should be glad I'm giving people an outlet, but my outlet continues to be my therapist. There are certain things I wouldn't share outside of that space."

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Brit Marling, 29, actress, writer, producer
Don't let her standard Hollywood-starlet looks fool you: Brit Marling is, like Dunham, a triple threat: she writes, produces, and acts. Years ago, she was a Georgetown valedictorian with an economics-studio arts double major on a trajectory toward Wall Street until she turned down an offer by Goldman Sachs, saying: "Thank you, but I'm going to be an artist." Hollywood's offerings in terms of female characters weren't compelling enough, so she wrote her own, and Fox Searchlight bought both films she co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in: Another Earth and Sound of My Voice (out in theaters now). This year, catch her alongside Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon as the heir apparent to a New York hedge-fund magnate. "I ended up in Arbitrage playing out some destiny that I otherwise avoided," she told us.

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The Weeknd, 22, recording artist
Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. The Weeknd) is the most talked-about recording artist in the R&B game (MTV's John Norris called him the "songbird of his generation" and the "best musical talent since Michael Jackson"). Since releasing three mixtapes on his website between spring and winter of last year, the Toronto native-and Drake protégé-has cultivated a large following: more than 500,000 on Twitter. After two years of a mostly Internet presence, The Weeknd has finally decided to bare his face to his fans, embarking on his first-ever international tour, which kicked off with Coachella in April.

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Edith Zimmerman, 28, editor
As the creator of the sardonic "Letters to the Editors of Women's Magazines" column at The Awl, Edith Zimmerman was the ideal choice to launch and edit its sister site in 2010. " The Hairpin is a women's site," Zimmerman said in an interview last year, " but I try to approach it as just a site that I like where most of the writers are women. And to keep it fun and funny and playful. When we go girly, to do it in a fun way-as humorous and honest as possible."

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Victoria Azarenka, 22, athlete
Six feet tall, beautiful, and blond-Victoria Azarenka is on her way to be the new Maria Sharapova. And if their nearly identical features weren't enough, the Belarusian tennis player has also beat out Sharapova on the court-in straight sets (6-3, 6-0)-at the Australian Open this year, earning her the number one spot in the world and making her the first Belarusian player ever to win a Grand Slam in singles. With tennis tournament season fast approaching, we expect to see a lot more from this young talent.


Grimes, 24, musician
Wherever Claire Boucher (better known by her stage moniker, Grimes) goes, her synth-enhanced vocals and funky dip-dyed tresses invite one big electro dance party. The Canadian-born artist was a fan favorite at last year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, and, following the success of her third full-length album, Visions, in February, is now trying her hand at other artistic pursuits. Boucher had her first gallery show in April at Audio Visual Arts in NYC's East Village and is currently collaborating on a jewelry line with Montreal-based jeweler and sculptor Morgan Black.

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Olivia Lopez, 19, style blogger
On the street style scene we're spotting L.A.'s Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life. The fresh-faced rock 'n' roll romantic (her blog's named after an Iggy Pop song) turned model is staking her claim among the fashion set as a sort of style muse for the Tumblr type. Her signature style blends both high and low labels, but her look-that perpetually blown-out black hair and red-lipped pout-makes her unforgettable (and totally reblog-able). Lopez's creds include consulting for L.A. boutique Kitson, styling for Club Monaco, and running her own online vintage boutique, the Caravan. We can't wait to see where SoCal's style muse, with her Next Models contract in tow, will crop up.

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Amanda Hocking, 27, novelist
Like a digital J.K. Rowling, Amanda Hocking became the patron saint of self-published authors everywhere when she made her novel available on Kindle in April 2010. Then another. And another. By February 2011, Hocking's vampire romance books had sold more than 1.5 million copies and earned the author an estimated $2 million. "I can't really say that I would have been more successful if I'd gone with a traditional publisher," Hocking told USA Today. "But I know this is working really well for me."

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Jordan KahnJordan Kahn

Jordan Kahn, 29, chef, restaurant owner
If co-owning a restaurant before 30 isn't enough of an accolade, here's a rundown of why Jordan Kahn is singled out as our one food savant: In culinary school, Kahn earned the two-year associate's degree in eight months, before becoming the youngest chef to work under Thomas Keller. By 23, the former pastry chef's work was being compared by critics to that of Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali. You can taste one of Kahn's contemporary Vietnamese masterpieces for yourself at Red Medicine in Beverly Hills.

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Ben Silbermann, 29, and Evan Sharp, 29, Pinterest co-founders
In less than two years, Pinterest has become the third-largest social network behind Facebook and Twitter. Founded by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, and Paul Sciarra (who recently left the company), the site lets users "pin" and share images and already has an estimated valuation of $1 billion. "As a kid, I always idolized entrepreneurs," Silbermann said last year. "I thought they were cool people in the way that I thought basketball players were cool people. It's cool that some people get paid to dunk basketballs, but I'm not one of those people."

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