Wang Yuan, 17, a member of Chinese boy band TFBoys, was selected by Time magazine to be part of its 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017 list, which came out on Nov 2.
Wang Yuan is a UNICEF ambassador. XINHUA
“With lyrics like ‘polish your leather shoes, put on a suit … arrive at every place with head held high’, Wang is not exactly the tattooed bad boy of Chinese pop. But that hasn’t stopped his singing trio, TFBoys, from ruling the charts. Since its founding four years ago, TFBoys has amassed more than 20 million fans on Sina weibo and reportedly sells some $17 million (113 million yuan) worth of branded merchandise every month,” Time wrote. The magazine further pointed out that Wang is ready for greater success － he has appeared in a bunch of movies and TV dramas. But most importantly, he was appointed UNICEF Special Advocate for Education in June.
“唱着‘皮鞋擦亮，换上西装……昂首到达每一个地方’，王源不是中国流行乐坛纹着纹身的坏小孩，但这并不妨碍他所在的三人歌唱组合，TFBoys，占领乐坛榜单。自四年前组合成立以来，TFBoys已经在新浪微博上累积了超过两千万的粉丝，并且每个月带动超过1700万美元（1.13亿人民币）的品牌推广，”《时代周刊》写道。该杂志还进一步指出，王源获得更大的成功指日可待 —— 他已经出演了多部电影及电视剧。但更重要的是，他在今年6月被授予联合国儿童基金会青年教育使者称号。
“Education is a right. We should never allow it to be a privilege. Let’s work hard to make education even better in the future,” Wang said at UNICEF’s Beijing office.
Earlier this year, Wang took part in the Sixth United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum. He made a speech in English on the topic of quality education. “My passion for 2030 is that every young person can access good quality education. Girls have the same potential to achieve amazing things as boys,” he said.
There may be little he can do personally, but the message he sent to his fans did a lot more - his post on Sina Weibo about the speech was shared more than 10 million times.
王源个人能做的或许不多，但他向粉丝们传递的信息却大有作用 —— 关于这场演讲他发送的新浪微博被转发超过1千万次。