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With all the fiascos that cast clouds over the careers of former child acts like Britney Spears and most recently Amanda Bynes, it seems impossible to escape the detrimental wrath of growing up in the spotlight…but it doesn’t all have to be trucker hats and frumpy velour suits. 

There are an exceptional few young starlets who shake off the grip of growing up in the spotlight, and transition not only into well-dressed young women, but into bona fide style icons. 

Forget the Sarah Jessica Parkers, and Anna Wintours (for now, just for right now) and open your eyes to a few ladies who made their transition from children’s television and are stepping up to bat with the big dogs in the style arena. 

Thank you Nickelodeon and Disney, for delivering the next crop of stylecons under the age of 20 that march to their very own beat. 

Zendaya Coleman

Do you know a 16-year-old who frolics in Prada on her off days? Neither do we. Zendaya has managed to walk a fine line between dressing in high fashion, while still keeping her look youthful and appropriate. 

Who should take style note: All girls under the age of 21, or mommies with young eccentric daughters

Miley Cyrus

There’s no doubt in our minds that Miley is going through some life changes that reflect positively in her clothing selections and personal style. Pixie cut hair, red lips and a wardrobe comprised entirely of monochrome prints, leather and denim is a hard one to master, but Miley is the furthest thing in the world from Hannah Montana shaking it to “Party In The USA.”

Who should take style note: Hip-Pop lovers who previously looked to Rihanna for style inspo. 

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa is a flower child through-and-though who thrives in bohemian blends, Free People style clothing, and of course, her ever so comfy yoga pants. But when the beauty hits the red carpet, she is a fashion force to be reckoned with. 

Who should take style note: Festival lovers who also happen enjoy a ritzy cocktail in a hotel bar here and there. 

Selena Gomez

We’ll admit it, when Selena was shacking up with the Biebs, it was almost like he was harvesting all the “swag” for himself, but now that she is single and free, the Wizards of Waverly Place star is stepping her game up. The self-proclaimed shoe-lover has been spotted out working laidback looks with the ante-upped in dazzling pumps and flawless hair and makeup.

Who should take style note: The t-shirt and jeans lovers who want to update their look.

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