JoJo Siwa named one of TIME magazine's Most Influential People 2020
23 September 2020, 11:51 | Updated: 15 July 2021, 16:56
"I'm 17 years old! I'm from Omaha, Nebraska. I grew up doing dance competitions and now, like, how?!"
JoJo Siwa has earned a spot on TIME's list of 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list at just 17 years old.
The annual list, which started in 1999, is comprised by TIME magazine and the nominees are recognised for changing the world. The final list of influential people are chosen by TIME editors and nominations come from the magazine's writing staff and TIME 100 alumni.
It's no surprise that JoJo made her way onto the prestigious list. The Dance Moms star and YouTuber – real name Joelle Joanie Siwa – has done so much in her short life, securing lucrative deals, forging a successful music career and amassing an impressive empire.
JoJo shared her excitement in an Instagram post. She wrote: "I don’t know where do even begin… I made @time Top 100 list of the Most Influential people of 2020!! That is seriously so unreal to me. I’m so so thankful every single day that I get to do what I love, and that I get to inspire millions of people across the world.
"Out of all the things I’ve done, out of all the incredible, and insane things I’ve achieved in just my 17 years on this earth, I think this is the biggest honour I have ever revived. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me in any which way... backstage helping me behind the scenes or in the audience cheering me on, I seriously want to thank you so much for letting me live out my dream. There are SO many people that have inspired me along the way."
JoJo went to name the people that had inspired her along the way, including Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and her close family members. She continued: "The kids of today are why I love doing what I do. I promise to always be a good leader for the kids. I want them to grow up and make the world the most magical place ever. A place filled with LOVE and HAPPINESS! I love you all so much. THANK YOU."
JoJo also celebrated her new title on Instagram Stories and she appeared to be genuinely speechless that she had made the list.
She said: "To be named one of TIME magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People 2020 is just insane to me. I don't even… I can't even describe the feeling that I'm feeling right now. […] I'm 17 years old! I'm from Omaha, Nebraska. I grew up doing dance competitions and now, like, how?!"
All hail Queen JoJo!