Oh, 2016. You’ve been quite a year. The year of Brexit. The year of Trump. The year of Planet Earth II and Pokemon Go. The year Giant Pandas stopped being endangered. The year of Lemonade and Blac Chyna. Amidst all the highs and lows, there’s one group of people who have consistently been incredible: girls.
Here are some of our faves from 2016.
Millie Bobby Brown burst onto our screens
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown was one of our fave girls this year. With her totally cringe first kiss story, her ability to rock pretty much any haircut and, of course, her rapping, she’s our current pick for dream celeb BFF.
Kiara Nirghin found a way to fight drought
This year’s winner of Google’s Science Fair prize is 16-year-old Kiara Nirghin. The South African teen scientist found a way to turn orange peels and avocados into water store units, making them a cheap and environmentally-friendly method drought. We feel a bit sorry for anyone who has to sit next to her in chemistry.
Bana al-Abed opened our hearts
Brave seven-year-old Bana gave a face to the awful conflict in Syria, after she set up a Twitter account with her mother’s help to tell people about the situation that was transpiring in Aleppo. Thankfully, Bana and many other children have now been evacuated out of Aleppo to safety.
— Ahmad Tarakji, MD (@tarakjiahmad) December 19, 2016
This girl took the best shower photo of all time
When a guy in Reese Herbet’s class asked her for a shower selfie, she happily obliged. But it wasn’t exactly the photo he bargained for.
Simone Biles took home a lot of gold
No list would be complete without Simone Biles. At the Rio Olympics this year she took home four gold medals and one bronze for Team USA to add to her FOURTEEN World Championship medals. Since coming back from Rio, she’s appeared in music videos, made a few appearances on Ellen and had Channing Tatum fan girl all over her. Tbf, can you blame him?
This girl taught us the secrets to studying
This university student in Texas became every student’s hero when she bought a mattress into the library so she could take a nap. Someone give that girl an A to go with her zzzzs.
— Xander Basson (@XanderBasson1) December 12, 2016
Maisie Williams opened up about bullying
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has continued being awesome in 2016. She talked frankly about being bullied for being cast in GOT and is now backing an NSPCC campaign to raise awareness of both bullying and child abuse. Her advice for young people being bullied? Speak out about it and don’t bottle everything up inside. Which is easier than learning Arya’s sword skills, to be fair.
Jazz Jennings taught us about being trans
Trans teenager Jazz Jennings has been documenting her experiences for 10 years now. She has a YouTube channel, a television series and this summer, she released her book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen (and you thought your were busy). Her message for the next President-elect Trump? “Equality is what unites our society, and everyone needs to understand that not only do we all deserve to be loved, but we deserve to love ourselves for who we are.” We couldn’t have said it better, Jazz.
This girl rocked her ID photo
June Kyra Dela Chica didn’t want a regular high school ID photo. Instead this genius 17-year-old decided to channel the matchmaker from Mulan, because why the hell not? We think she nailed it. Next year: Lumiere.
Girls of 2016: you are awesome. We can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2017.