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11 Gen Z Influencers Who Are Changing the World Using Social Media

Dale David
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Dale David
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Aug 12, 2021
A collage of five Gen Z influencers

It’s 2021. We’re at a point in time where if you want to change the world, you’re most likely only going to need two things: social media and the strong will to fight for the greater good. 

Here at The Influence Agency, we’ve rounded up the Zoomers who have taken these two factors in the palm of their hands and are changing the world. Whether they’re pushing for climate action or fighting for gun control, these Gen Z influencers are turning the world into a better place through their platforms. 

Zoomers are the future. Based on how these young empowering influencers and activists are sparking change — it looks like the future is in good hands. 

Greta Thunberg | @gretathunberg

Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism is one of the most inspiring wake-up calls to have ever occurred. What started as just one 15-year-old girl going on strike for climate change outside the Swedish Parliament on Fridays has turned into global protests attended by millions of youth as they demand world leaders address the climate crisis. 

We love her because she’s fighting for the planet and for everyone’s future — and has sparked more change and awareness around environmental issues than anyone else in the world. Greta Thunberg is one of the top influencers in the world, and her being named Time’s Person of the Year (2019) and one of the 100 Most Influential People couldn’t be more well-deserved!

X Gonzalez | @emmawise18

X Gonzalez is one of the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018 and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018. The activist’s viral “We Call B.S.” speech has made an enormous impact on the rally for gun control and was clearly an instrumental factor in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act bill being passed. 

The young Gen Z influencer has proven to be more than a survivor — X is a true fighter.

Matt Bernstein | @mattxiv

Gen Z influencer, Matt Bernstein, is uplifting the LGBTQ+ community one aesthetic Instagram post at a time! They literally wear their powerful thoughts on their skin — written with on-point eyeliner and on-fleek eyeshadow.

Matt’s activism is being spread across social media like a work of art that always captures attention and changes perspective.

Paige Layle | @paigelayle

Paige Layle hopes to change the world by schooling her 2.5 million TikTok followers on what living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) truly is like. With all the misconceptions surrounding autism, this Gen Z activist is out to change how the world sees the disorder.

You’ll love how they dispel myths and autistic stereotypes through their informative videos that always have a dash of humour in them. 

Nadya Okamoto | @nadyaokamoto

As one of the top female empowerment influencers and founder of PERIOD Inc., Nadya Okamoto aims to end period poverty and stigma through service and awareness. This Gen Z influencer is also the author of Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement, which was released in 2018. 

Because of her incredible work and activism, Nadya Okamoto made it to Forbes 30 Under 30 list back in 2019!

Genesis Butler | @genesisbutler_

Genesis may only be 14 years old, but she’s already a hero fighting for animal rights and climate change! She’s been doing so since going vegan at the age of six. 

The young leader actively educates her audiences on the correlation between the ongoing climate crisis and animal agriculture through Youth Climate Save, an organization founded by Genesis herself and her mother.

Maya Penn | @mayasideas

Yes, you can be a CEO at the age of 8 — Maya Penn has proven just that when she founded the eco-friendly apparel company, Maya’s Ideas, back in 2008. By using organic cotton and recycled fabric to create incredibly stylish pieces, she’s promoting sustainable fashion and a healthier planet.

Now at 21 years old, this Gen Z influencer and entrepreneur continues to serve as an inspiration to the youth to pursue their dreams. After all, who says kids can’t be business leaders?

Jazz Jennings | @jazzjennings_

Jazz Jennings was one of the first transgender children to have their journey documented publicly in the media. Ever since they were six years old, they’ve had various appearances on TV such as The Rosie Show, 20/20, and was also the star of the documentary series I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition (2011) on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Today, they are a well-loved YouTuber, author (Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen), and an icon for the LGBTQ+ community.

Blair Imani | @blairimani

As the Civic Action and Campaign Lead at DoSomething.org (the leading tech platform that pushes for social change), it’s clear that Blair Imani’s goal is to change the world. The activist also creates Smarter In Seconds videos on Instagram to raise awareness and educate people on various issues such as wage gaps, rainbow washing, and vaccines.

Marley Dias | @iammarleydias

Marley Dias was only in elementary school when she began to bring out the fierce Gen Z activist within! In 2015, she started the #1000BlackGirlBooks movement, which aimed to put the spotlight on books that featured Black female protagonists.

She has since become the author behind the 2018 book Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! and the host of the Netflix educational series Bookmarks (2020).

Madeline Stuart | @madelinesmodelling_

Madeline Stuart is making history as the world’s first professional model with down syndrome. She’s walked the runways for Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and has even been featured by Vogue, breaking down ableist attitudes in the fashion industry.

She’s showing the world that nothing can get in the way of her dreams!

The Power of Gen Z Influencers

These Gen Z activists and young influencers have realized early on how much power one voice can hold — and how social media can amplify that voice loud enough for it to reach every corner of the world.    

Thinking about taking your own online presence to the next level? The Influence Agency’s social media marketing experts can take your brand where you dream it to be! Connect with us to start elevating your business’s marketing strategies.


  • Dale David

    Dale David is a Content Writer at The Influence Agency. She's also a sneaker-wearing, guitar-playing, light wash denim-clad, pizza-munching, proud European '90s baby.

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  • Dale David

    Dale David is a Content Writer at The Influence Agency. She's also a sneaker-wearing, guitar-playing, light wash denim-clad, pizza-munching, proud European '90s baby.

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