There's a whole new generation of celebrities on the rise, amassing thousands of followers around the world - and they're not your typical Hollywood A-listers backed by major studios. Surprisingly, few of these new "influencers" are even allowed to drink and drive, but are giving some established celebrities a run for their money and fame by wielding their power online.

The rise of teen (and kid) influencers are linked to two things: social media and the peculiar tastes of the millennial generation.

Social media channels like YouTube, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and SnapChat are perhaps best used by this new generation. 

Thanks to the size of their followings, many of these influencers are making thousands of dollars a day through sponsored content, brand endorsements and other marketing partnerships. Here are 13 emerging young media influencers to watch out for.

1. Jacob Sortarius

Age: 13

Platforms: Vine / Instagram

Jacob is a social media star who has earned over 4.8 million followers on Instagram, over 1.1 million YouTube subscribers and more than 6 million fans on musical.ly through his lip sync videos of popular songs. He also has over 900,000 followers on Vine.

Half of all teenagers in the U.S. downloaded the app Musical.ly, which makes Jacob a superstar in his own right. On May 3, 2016, he released his debut single "Sweatshirt." The eighth-grader from Virginia already has millions of his followers waiting to download his next single "Hit or Miss" on iTunes.

2. Amanda Steele

Age: 16

Platform: YouTube

Amanda is a YouTube personality known for her beauty and fashion expertise through her increasingly popular YouTube channel MakeupbyMandy24. Her channel is closing in on 3 million subscribers. She was only in the 5th grade when she started.

The teenager from California is already a regular fixture in high-fashion events sponsored by major fashion and makeup brands. Today, she has her own makeup and merchandise lines and also stars in the webseries, The Social Life, on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel.

3. Vanessa Martinez

Age: 18

Platform: YouTube

Nessa came to fame through her almost kidnapped story time videos. She currently has earned over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube for her beauty and rash videos. Nessa is known for her ability to connect to Generation Z.

4. Luka Sabbat

Age: 18

Platform: Twitter

Luka is a teenage model from New York whose Twitter feed is closely watched. His game-changing looks and natural flare for style has earned him 73,000 followers on Twitter, 220,000 on Instagram.  Born in New York's Lower East Side, he has traveled between NYC, Paris and London since he was three with both his parents working in fashion.

He started gaining fame through attention-grabbing modeling campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle and Hood by Air, He also appeared in an Adidas NMD billboard that towered over Times Square and was cast by Kanye West for his Yeezy spectacle.

5. Rishabh Shanbhag

Age: 19

Platform: Twitter

Rishabh is a developer and tech analyst who is best recognized as a member of the core iPhone jailbreaking community. His fondness for Apple's mobile ecosystem began when he received an iPod Touch for his 13th birthday. When he couldn't modify some stuff in the iOS, he resorted to legal jailbreaking, and the rest as they say is history. Rishabh has a natural flair for programming languages, some of which he just skimmed through the Internet. His tech savviness has earned him over 76,000 followers on Twitter.

The teenager was also appointed a social media ambassador for the United Nation's Giving Tuesday Movement and has received a letter from President Barack Obama praising the movement. He was also featured in Forbes magazine when he was 18.

6. Jazz Jennings

Age: 15

Platform: YouTube

Jazz hit the social media scene after a TV interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20. She became a profile figure for people interested in learning about life as an American trans woman. Jennings is identified as gender dysphoric. Jazz stars in a YouTube video series title I am Jazz, and a book of the same title, and has more than 260,000 subscribers on YouTube tracking the issues of living a transgender life.

Jazz is now associated with LGBT rights activism. She founded Purple Rainbow Tails which creates rubber mermaid tails to raise money for transgender youths.

7. Tana Mongeau

Age: 18

Platforms: Instagram/YouTube

Tana is a social media star with over 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube, and over 575,000 followers on Instagram. Tana gained her following through her uniquely vulgar and brash videos. With that, her audience is definitely teenage.

8. David Mouzaz

Age: 15

Platform: Instagram

David is an American actor who came to prominence for his lead role as the mute Jacob "Jake" Bohm in the TV series Touch. Born in Los Angeles, California, he currently has 87,000 followers on Twitter and 140,000 followers on Instagram, thanks to his intense acting and engaging presence as the agonizing teenage Bruce Wayne in Fox's hit TV series Gotham.

As a young actor playing an iconic DC character, David's face is splashed on numerous Gotham posters, teasers and merchandise everywhere, which he finds cool and awesome.

9. Emily Bear

Age: 14

Platform: Twitter

Emily is a 14 year old jazz and classical pianist and composer from Illinois. She has been a guest on the Ellen show six times. She has a following of almost 20,000 people on Twitter. As a piano prodigy, Emily has played in Carnegie Hall where she made her debut at age 9. She has also performed in Hollywood Bowl and other iconic musical venues with the best orchestras in the US, Europe and Asia.

She has released her own jazz album, Diversity, in 2013, where she composed all of the music and which reached No. 3 on the Billboard's Traditional Jazz Albums chart.

10. Jake Mitchell

Age: 16

Platform: YouTube

Jake is a 16 year old Vlogger from Hereford, England. He currently has about 700,000 subscribers on YouTube. He started making videos when he was 8 by editing pictures together to tell a story on his dad's computer. He started making short films with school friends at the age of 11 and one of the videos, Nerf War spy film, has received over 5 million views on his dad's channel, RJMLANDSCAPES.

Jake also runs another YouTube channel JakesLife. A variety of stars have appeared in his videos including Jake Boys, Sam King, Caspar Lee, Jack Binstead, and Nathan Grisdale.

11. Tal Fishman

Age:19

Platform: YouTube

Tal comes in at the top of our age range but the content is still decidedly aimed at teens. His channel has over 1.7 million subscribers. His channel, "Reaction Time" is mostly him reacting in real time to things from popular culture. He appears to be the king of "reactors" right now, growing that audience in just 6 months.

12. Matthew Morris

Age: 13

Platform: Facebook, YouTube

Matthew David Morris is better known to his online followers as the popular MattyB or MattyBRaps. His claim to fame is for posting remix videos of popular music on YouTube. He has released numerous covers and remixes of mainstream music since he was 7.

When he was 12, he released his debut album on YouTube, Outside the Lines which contained his original songs. In June this year, he came up with a memoir, That's a Rap. MattyB's page currently has more than 8.6 million likes on Facebook, and he has over 6.6 million YouTube subscribers.

13. Hannah Alper

Age: 13

Platform: Blog

Hannah is a 13-year old blogger behind the popular CallMeHannah.ca blog which she began when she was 9 . Her Twitter boasts over 41,000 followers and her fame has been steadily rising after her TED talk video How to Find your Spark.

She is also a motivational speaker and has made the rounds of high-profile speaking events in North America. Her name has become synonymous with Kindraiser, Change Maker, Activist, Eco-warrior, Motivational Speaker, Ambassador for WE Day, Free the Children and Bystander Revolution.

Published on: Jul 26, 2016