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    Posted on Apr 5, 2017

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

    They're changing the game.

    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."


    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."


    3. They rock their own unique style.

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


    4. They appreciate fine art.

    5. They celebrate in style.

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


    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."


    7. They're do-gooders.

    "Heading to volunteer back in October 2016."


    8. They're goofballs.

    "Me being my usual goofy self."


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

    "Me being a moody teen and whatever."


    10. Check out that flawless cat eye!

    11. They catch 'em all.

    12. They totally rock braces.

    "Love this picture."


    13. They enjoy quality BFF time.

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


    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. :)"


    15. They rock septum piercings.

    16. Their smiles light up any room.

    17. Look at that! Flawless.


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


    18. They're animal lovers.

    19. They're adventurers.

    "July 2016, Lake Michigan."


    20. They rock a mean floral tie.

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


    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!"


    22. They define confidence and grace.

    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."


    24. ...No filter needed.

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


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