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This Is What The Average 16-Year-Old Looks Like In 2017

They're changing the game.

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We asked the 16-year-olds of the BuzzFeed Community to send us their favorite pictures of themselves. Here are the empowering results.

Note: The purpose of this post is to celebrate the uniqueness of teens around the world, just like in this post. Permission from parents was required to send in photos.

1. First of all, they speak up for what they believe in.

"This is a photo from my city’s Women’s March. It’s one of my favorite photos of myself, despite the fact that I'm not wearing makeup. I was genuinely happy and felt so empowered, and I think that's what really matters."—wondermaggie
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"This is a photo from my city’s Women’s March. It’s one of my favorite photos of myself, despite the fact that I'm not wearing makeup. I was genuinely happy and felt so empowered, and I think that's what really matters."

wondermaggie

2. They do their best to overcome their depression for a little bit and explore.

"This picture was taken on a day when my depression decided to leave me alone for a while, so I hung out by the Seine and there was a wall you could write on. I struggled so hard to write Je suis grande, meaning 'I’m tall' (which is not true) in French."—sunshine33
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"This picture was taken on a day when my depression decided to leave me alone for a while, so I hung out by the Seine and there was a wall you could write on. I struggled so hard to write Je suis grande, meaning 'I’m tall' (which is not true) in French."

sunshine33

3. They rock their own unique style.

"The day my lenses arrived and I could see properly — probably the best I’ve ever looked."—maschiodmello
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"The day my lenses arrived and I could see properly — probably the best I’ve ever looked."

maschiodmello

4. They appreciate fine art.

—jernylove

5. They celebrate in style.

"This was taken two days after my birthday. I'm from India."—bchandralekha26
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"This was taken two days after my birthday. I'm from India."

bchandralekha26

6. They match their makeup to their hair like it's no one's business.

"I’m a trans guy, and it’s rare that I feel myself as much as I was feeling myself when this picture was taken."—drowningindysphoria
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"I’m a trans guy, and it’s rare that I feel myself as much as I was feeling myself when this picture was taken."

drowningindysphoria

7. They're do-gooders.

"Heading to volunteer back in October 2016."—e40f9
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"Heading to volunteer back in October 2016."

e40f9

8. They're goofballs.

"Me being my usual goofy self."—abbys40
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"Me being my usual goofy self."

abbys40

9. They are basically professionals when it comes to makeup.

"Me being a moody teen and whatever."—skeletonsilhouette
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"Me being a moody teen and whatever."

skeletonsilhouette

10. Check out that flawless cat eye!

—meera0208

11. They catch 'em all.

—lyndseym4f6050760

12. They totally rock braces.

"Love this picture."—jaquis2
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"Love this picture."

jaquis2

13. They enjoy quality BFF time.

"Me and my best friend, who is also 16."—lexic4d
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"Me and my best friend, who is also 16."

lexic4d

14. They're a ray of sunshine.

"I don’t wear makeup unless it’s a special event. My mom just wanted to practice my prom makeup and this was one of the good looks. :)"—cayab824
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"I don’t wear makeup unless it’s a special event. My mom just wanted to practice my prom makeup and this was one of the good looks. :)"

cayab824

15. They rock septum piercings.

—motherfisher

16. Their smiles light up any room.

—kaitlynnndr

17. Look at that! Flawless.

"Took this a few months ago and managed to look not awkward for once." —amandac4
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"Took this a few months ago and managed to look not awkward for once."

amandac4

18. They're animal lovers.

—auroras41

19. They're adventurers.

"July 2016, Lake Michigan."—amyabbott275
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"July 2016, Lake Michigan."

amyabbott275

20. They rock a mean floral tie.

"Here’s a photo of me at my friend’s sophomore dance."—lrow1223
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"Here’s a photo of me at my friend’s sophomore dance."

lrow1223

21. They march.

"I’m on the right and my best friend Erin is on the left. This was taken at the Women’s March! While it may not be my best selfie, it’s definitely the one I’m most proud of!"—mercymadness
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"I’m on the right and my best friend Erin is on the left. This was taken at the Women’s March! While it may not be my best selfie, it’s definitely the one I’m most proud of!"

mercymadness

22. They define confidence and grace.

—queentaye

23. And they break the mold...

"This was me the day after I decided to take the plunge and buzz off my hair — I went out with my friend and I wore my favorite lipstick. It was a good day and I felt confident."—hersheysurgeon
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"This was me the day after I decided to take the plunge and buzz off my hair — I went out with my friend and I wore my favorite lipstick. It was a good day and I felt confident."

hersheysurgeon

24. ...No filter needed.

"This is one of the only selfies I like of myself without some kind of filter to hide my features!"—cameronr4
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"This is one of the only selfies I like of myself without some kind of filter to hide my features!"

cameronr4

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