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25 Women Under 25 Everyone Should Look Up To

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3. Shweta Katti

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This 20-year-old's story has inspired thousands. After growing up in a red light district, she travelled across India conducting sex-ed workshops, and then secured a full scholarship at an American college.

4. Tashi Malik and 5. Nungshi Malik

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These 23-year-old twins made history when they became the youngest mountaineers ever to scale the highest peak on every continent and make it to either pole of the earth – a feat known as the Explorer's Grand Slam.

7. Dipika Pallikal

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In 2013, this youngster became the first ever Indian to break into the top 10 of the World Squash Rankings. Now 24, she continues to be one of the best players of the sport in her country.

8. Nikita Singh

The 24-year-old has already authored several titles, including The Unreasonable Fellows and Someone Like You, which debuted at No. 5 on the Hindustan Times bestseller list.


9. Deepika Kumari

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Deepika Kumari was only 16 when she brought home the 2010 Commonwealth Games shooting gold medal. Now 21, she has already hit the number one ranking in her sport.

10. Neelam Gill

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The 20-year-old model, who is a British resident of Sikh origin, was just cast as the new face of the US clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch

12. Trisha Prabhu

The 15-year-old, who is currently a high school student in Illinois, developed an app called ReThink. The app alerts you when you're about to send a potentially hurtful message online, and is used to prevent cyberbullying.

13. Sikha Patra

At the tender age of 16, Patra started an organisation called Daredevils, composed of a group of youngsters who collect health data and provide valuable insights about various health issues.


14. Alia Bhatt

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Bhatt wowed Bollywood critics and fans alike when she played a kidnap victim in the movie Highway, only her second feature film, in 2014. She is now 22 years old.

15. Sharmila Nicollet


The Indo-French 24-year-old is currently India's top female golfer, and is also the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour.

18. Anjali Chandrashekar

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This artist, whose work was recognised by the United Nations when she was 12 years old, uses her art to raise awareness about health, humanitarian and environmental causes.


19. Avani Singh

Age was just a number (and the number was 17) for Avani, when she started Ummeed, a program that trains women from the slums of Delhi to become taxi and rickshaw drivers, in 2013.

21. Pooja Chopra

This 23-year-old Teach For India fellow has founded Khwaab, an initiative which envisions financial independence for the women in the community by imparting livelihood skills.

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This Kashmir resident, who attained her student flying licence at 17 and was selected by a NASA panel for a space training programme, now has aspirations to become a successful commercial pilot.

25. Harnaam Kaur

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The 24 year-old U.K. resident, who suffers from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which results in excessive facial hair growth, spoke out about her condition and became an icon for many who find it difficult to come to terms with their own bodies.

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