25 Crushable Girls Under 25: Meet The Girls Who Just Missed Making It

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Rachel Crow, 14 — one of our fabulous runner ups.

There comes a time in every woman's life when she is eligible for 25 Crushable Girls Under 25: twenty-five girls under the age of twenty-five whose personal and professional lives are currently blossoming like beautiful, independent, talented, career-savvy little flowers. They're working on a show that we love, or making music that we love, or supporting causes that we love, or just generally being amazing human beings, so we feel the need to call out our obvious crushes on them for all the world to see. It's the equivalent of us scaring all the pigeons in a crowded piazza in Florence by shouting, “I love this woman!” Except…no, it's exactly like that.

Of course, as is true of everything wonderful and amazing, there are going to be people who are totally deserving and still don't make it on the list. It's only twenty-five people, after all, and I think we can all agree that there are plenty more amazing, talented young women out there worthy of being on our list, who we just didn't have the space for. In particular this year there are five ‘runner ups', if you will, whom we would've loved to give a spot to, but…didn't. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we could have, but here's the thing — they're just starting to come into their own, and we have absolutely no doubt that by this time next year, they're gonna be fully rooted in fabulousness and luxuriating at the top of our list. So just consider this your advance notice, and spend this year being just as impressive and awesome as you already are.

Scroll through our gallery to give yourselves a sneak peek of a few ladies we're confident you'll be seeing a lot of in the years to come.