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Dante De Blasio Named One Of Year’s Most Influential Teens

Time Magazine Picked Afro-Sporting Teen And 15 Others
Dante de Blasio walks ahead of his father, Bill de Blasio, on Election Day, Nov. 5, 2013. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Dante de Blasio walks ahead of his father, Bill de Blasio, on Election Day, Nov. 5, 2013. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It must be the hair!

Dante de Blasio, the 16-year-old son of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, has been named one of Time Magazine’s 16 most influential teens of 2013.

Dante’s Afro seemed to take on a life of its own during the mayoral race after the Brooklyn Tech junior appeared in a campaign ad for his father.

In Time’s write-up, the magazine notes Dante’s Afro inspired a New York Times Style section story and was even noticed by President Barack Obama.

Dante’s sister Chiara, known for her floral headbands, also starred in a campaign ad. She’s a college student in California.

The mayor-elect has so far not announced whether he and his family will move out of Park Slope and into Gracie Mansion, noting Dante is lobbying to stay in Brooklyn because it’s closer to his high school.

Bill de Blasio (2nd L) with his wife Chirlane McCray (2nd R), daughter Chiara and son Dante after voting at the Park Slope Branch Public Library in Brooklyn on November 5, 2013.  (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill de Blasio (2nd L) with his wife Chirlane McCray (2nd R), daughter Chiara and son Dante after voting at the Park Slope Branch Public Library in Brooklyn on November 5, 2013. (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Others on Time Magazine’s most influential teens list include pop stars Lorde and Justin Bieber, Pakistani human rights crusader Malala Yousafzai, athletes Lydia Ko and Missy Franklin and President Obama’s older daughter Malia.

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