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Stars On The Rise: 20 Power Players To Watch Out For In 2018

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From a group of female Afghan robotic technicians and Hollywood actors to upcoming models, poets and fashion designers, we take a look at the men and women who are set to make waves in their industries in 2018:

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1 Ilfenesh Hadera
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Having starred in Baywatch with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron last year, actress Ilfenesh Hadera has already made waves in the film and entertainment industry. However, with news that her Spike Lee-directed comedy-drama television series, She's Gotta Have It, has been renewed for a second season and rumours she's been shortlisted to become a Bond Girl in the upcoming 007 film, we have a feeling 2018 is set to be a big year for the 32-year-old New Yorker. 

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2 Timothée Chalamet
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If there's one name you won't be able to avoid this it'll most certainly be Timothée Chalamet's. The former boyfriend of Madonna's daughter Lourdes is dominating Hollywood this year, having just stared in Oscar-tipped film Call Me by Your Name and scooping the Breakthrough Actor trophy at the Gotham Awards. 

Speaking of his co-star, Armie Hammer recently told : 'Timmy is, without a doubt, the most emotionally accessible human being I have ever come across in my life.'m With previous roles in Homeland, Interstellar, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird and a job opposite Selena Gomez is Woody Allen's upcoming film, 2018 might as well be called the year of Chalamet.

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3 The Afghan Girls Robotics Team
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You may remember last year when a group of a robotics team from Afghanistan made headlines after having their visas temporarily denied in the run-up to a robotics contest in the U.S. In the months that followed, the group took home a top prize at Robotex, Europe's largest robotics festival, for their solar-powered rob, designed for use on farms. 

This year proves to be yet another groundbreaking moment for the women who are planning to venture back to he US in May to compete for funding and the chance to start their own robotics company. The future is theirs.

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4 Daniel Kaluuya
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The 28-year-old Londoner received a debut Golden Globe nomination for his role in Get Out, decimating a black man's struggle when visiting the rural home of his white girlfriend's parents where racism is exposed. 

Expressing his disbelief at the nod, Kaluuya describes the accolade as having occurred 'against innumerable odds', joining another two nominations for a SAG and Critics' Choice award. Having just nabbed an acting award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival and roles Marvel's upcoming film Black Panther alongside Forest Whitaker and Martin Freeman, something tells us the odds are in Kaluuya's favour this year.

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5 Zazie Beetz
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With arguably one of the coolest names in show business right now, German-born  Zazie Beetz first made waves for her role as Vanessa in Donald Glover's hit show, Atlanta

Having now been cast as the Marvel Comics character Neena Thurman/Domino opposite Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2, the 26-year-old is certainly one to look out for in 2018.

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6 Nick Robinson
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Having already starred in Jurassic World, Everything, Everything, Being Charlie and Krystal, 22-year-old Nick Robinson is building up some what of an impressive resumé when it comes to acting in Hollywood. 

This year, however, sees Robinson taken on one of his most challenging roles to date in Love, Simon. The love story tells the tale of 17-year-old Simon Spier, a closeted gay high-school student forced to take on a blackmailer threatening to expose his secret.

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7 Polly Rodriguez
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From a job in corporate consulting to co-finding , which combines a subscription service of toys, condoms and other titbits with an online shop and articles, it's safe to say Rodriguez's career path wasn't exactly set in stone.

At the age of 21, Rodriguez went into early menopause following radiation therapy for colorectal cancer, prompting her to encourage women to explore and own their sexuality.  

With approximately $2.7 million raised so far, the tech entrepreneur's app is set to change the female sexual pleasure industry forever.

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8 Storm Reid
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She might be just 14-years-old but this American star has already made a name for herself in Tinseltown with a role as Emily in Academy Award winning film, 12 Years A Slave

Casted as Meg Murry in Ava Durvernay's upcoming American sci-fi adventure film, A Wrinkle in Time, opposite Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, let's just say Reid is in good company.

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9 Naomi Scott
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You might know her as the Pink Power Ranger or the wife of British footballer Jordan Spence, but this year, Scott is taking on one of the most famous Disney characters to date - Disney Princess Jasmine in Aladdin. 

While we won't see her play the famous role in the live action film opposite Will Smith and Mena Massoud, it's about time we get this 24-year-old on our radars in preparation.

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10 Hannah Fallis Bronfman
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If you're in need for some new fitness inspiration to kick start your health goals in 2018, you might want to check out DJ and global Adidas ambassador Hannah Fallis Bronfman. 

Having just collaborated with Adidas Women to create fitness care packages to help women make a start on their workouts in in 2018, we can't get enough of Hannah's travels, dancing and workouts in the gym.

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11 Bonny Porter
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Back in 2012, 23-year-old Bonny Porter became the youngest ever finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals and has since gone on to launch Soho's meatball restaurant Balls & Company. 

With a new restaurant planned for the first half of the year and the return of her International Women's Day celebration, which last year saw London's best female chefs come together to mark their female culinary inspirations, it looks like there's no stopping the Australian culinary star this year.

In a recent interview with Olive Magazine, she said: 'I'm looking forward to bringing something different to [London] with my second restaurant – it will still be Balls & Company, but there will be a bigger focus on our bar concept.'

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12 Amika George
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North London schoolgirl Amika George is on a mission to end period poverty in the UK. 

In March of last year, the 18 year-old read a study published by 'Freedom4Girls' which revealed girls were missing schools because they could not afford sanitary products. Shocked by this news she started the #FreePeriods campaign, which petitions the UK Government to give free sanitary products to those on free school meals.

The campaign already has been supported by MPs such as Jess Philips and Sarah Olney and had a successful peaceful protest in Parliament square in December, which was attended by the likes of Adwoa Aboah and Daisy Lowe.

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13 Hermione Corfield
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With roles in films such as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 24 year-old Hermione Corfield is Hollywood's new darling. The Brit studied English Literature at UCL before she took on the silver screen, as well as ITV favourite, The Halcyon, proving she has brains as well as beauty.

Her next film, Bees Make Honey, will see clever Corfield act opposite Alice Eve and Josephine de La Baum, though we might be even more excited about her future red carpet style.

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14 Adesuwa Aighewi
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With Nigerian, Thai and Chinese ancestry, model Adesuwa Aighewi has a bone structure to die for and a personality to match. 

Having walked three times for Yeezy, as well as Vivienne Westwood and Kenzo, Aighewi (who was first spotted at only 17-years-old) will be going into her eighth year as a model in 2018. 

A recent hair change from shaggy bob to long dreads saw the outspoken star take centre stage at Style Week last year. Though, she does not want to model forever, stating that she is interested in making political documentaries about her home continent, Africa.

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15 Charly Cox
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Instagram poet Charly Cox is only 22 years-old and is releasing her first collection of poems this summer. 

Focussing on her struggles with mental health her poems and feminism, often fitting neatly into the Instagram-perfect square, Cox's poetry has reached a younger audience akin to Rupi Kaur's. It's an audience that respects her honesty and appreciates the social media form. 

Her collection, She Must Be Mad is to be a, 'coming-of-age documented through poetry and prose' aimed at fans of Kate Tempest and Holly McNish.

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16 Sharlene Teo
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After receiving £10,000 through the annual Deborah Rogers Writer's Award, Sharlene Teo's debut novel Ponti went through a seven-way auction before finding its publisher. 

Ian McEwan called the novel, set in Singapore, 'remarkable', whilst judges for the prize called it 'a breath of fictional fresh air'. Ponti follows the lives of three women spanning seventeen years.

Currently finishing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, Teo first novel will be out this spring so, keep an eye out. 

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17 Dream Wife
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Rakel Mjöll, Alice Go  and Bella Podpadec make up the subversive punk group Dream Wife with songs such as 'Let's Make Out.'

From Reykjavik, Brighton and London respectively the rockers started their band as an ironic art project. They wrote songs for their fake band and made a mockumentary in the vein of Spinal Tap for an art project, only for the joke to continue, booking gigs around the UK and becoming real. 

2017 saw the threesome release a self-titled EP with killer music videos to match. Their album is out early this year and we can't wait.

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18 Ms Banks
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When Nicki Minaj gives the nod of approval to a new rapper, we jolly well pay attention. 

Back in November Minaj took to Twitter to quote some of South London native Ms Banks' lyrics. Minaj is one of Banks' many influences (Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Lauryn Hill being some of the others) and the news elated the young rapper.

Ms Banks (real name Tyra Banks) has already toured with 2017's rapping wonder Cardi B, so it looks like her dreams of making her South London sound go global might just happen.

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19 The Slumflower
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Chidera Eggerue, popularly known as 'The Slumflower', is the South East London-living blogger and presenter who has a lot to say. 

The millennial mastermind promotes all things self-love and feminist, all whilst looking incredibly fabulous.

She has started two hashtags, #BlockHimParty and #SaggyBoobsMatter which give you a little taste as to what she's about. Eggerue also has a radio show, presenting gigs such as the MOBO awards as well as a successful blog under her belt.

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20 Orseund Iris
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A newfound favourite of Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Lady Gaga and Kourtney Kardashian, Orseund Iris is the ultimite cool-girl label. Using cropped silhouettes and flattering figure-forming cuts, Iris' pieces will make you feel like a modern Princess. 

The New-York based cult label's tops are usually between £100-600 and created by 24 year-old designer Alana Johnson. Johnson's designs are all founded on her love of vintage pieces, and she reflects that in their corseted shape and seasonless output.

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