Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Mama Blake Lively Tops Forbes' Annual 30 Under 30 List--See Who Else Made the Cut!

What a year it's been for Blake Lively...and it's barely 2015!

Just days after welcoming her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds, the new mom tops Forbes' annual 30 under 30 list, which was released on Monday, and also features stars such as Zac Efron, Ellen Page, Emma Watson, Emma Stone and more.

The 27-year-old stunner earned the highly coveted spot thanks to her entrepreneurial endeavors over the past year, including the launch of her lifestyle website Preserve in July. She's also been a notable face in Hollywood ever since she earned a starring role on the hit show Gossip Girl when she was just 19 years old, appearing on the hit CW series over the entire course of its five-year run.

"I'll never feel like I arrived," Lively, whose mantra as Forbes reports is "don't stop striving," tells the publication. "The people I look up to the most are the people that are continuing to up their game."

Following closely behind in Lively's hardworking footsteps is 24-year-old comedian Bo Burnham, who shot to fame thanks to his self-penned comedy songs on YouTube, followed by director-writer Damien Chazelle, 29, who is garnering Oscar buzz for his film Whiplash.

This year, Forbes chose not to use any stars who have already been featured, which is why famous faces such as Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Lady Gaga didn't make the cut. The notable names were chosen based on nominations from various Forbes sources, including suggestions taken from the magazine's Twitter account.

While Lively is recognized for her successful business ventures, Page is honored for her work with the LGBT community after bravely coming out as gay earlier this year. Likewise, Emma Watson is recognized for her contribution to society following the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador's speech at the U.N. about gender equality, which prompted an open conversation about feminism.

As for Efron? No, it's not his abs that have earned him the No. 5 spot--it's thanks to his successful transition from Disney cutie to Hollywood hunk.

Head to Forbes to check out the full list and then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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