The year 2021 will be looked on as the moment celebrity kids (Gen Z) got their time in the spotlight. Many of them have been waiting through the long pandemic to emerge on their own — out from under their parents’ shadows to show us all their talents. The names are familiar to us: Kaia, Lourdes, Zaya, Shiloh and Ireland, but they are now making a name for themselves.
One look at the 2021 Met Gala red carpet and that should have been enough for us to realize that a new generation has emerged in Hollywood and they are here to stay. Kaia is embracing the fact that she looks like her mom, Cindy Crawford, but is bold enough to remind us that her “mom’s the one with the mole” if you can’t tell them apart. NBA star Dwayne Wade’s daughter, Zaya Wade, has become an LGBTQ+ hero at the age of 12 and finding her voice as a transgender girl.
Even the ones who prefer their privacy over the glare of the spotlight, like Hazel Moder and Bigi Jackson, discovered a way to make waves in 2021. They might be testing the waters for a bigger run in 2022, but they did a great job of introducing themselves to the public this year — and it makes us excited for what is ahead.
Find out who made our list for 2021, and take notes on the celebrity kids we should all be following in 2022, because the next generation in Hollywood is a force to be reckoned with.