List, who turned 18 in April, talked about her experience in a compelling personal essay in the latest issue of Elle magazine.
“Eighteen in an election year—the weight of that isn’t lost on us,” she writes. “I get how much is riding on the election, and on my generation in particular.”
Last month, List and other young “social media influencers and content creators,” were invited to attend a Clinton Town Hall event in Los Angeles.
But List got a rude awakening when she started talking about politics on social media.
“I can post vacation pics, or behind-the-scenes shots from a photo shoot, and most of my followers will be pretty supportive,” she writes.
“But when you put your politics out there—and I don’t really do it often, if ever—people get crazy,” she adds.
“The haters come out from everywhere, offering up all sorts of inappropriate things they think you can do to yourself. Or worse. It’s scary, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop,” she asserts.
Although she’s just hit voting age, List says she already has her priorities aligned. She writes:
“First off, I believe in equality. I believe that racism is a problem and we need to do something about it. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, because, well, no one ever seems to tell guys what to do with their bodies. I believe I should make the same amount of money for doing the same job as a man,” she added.
List says she admires Hollywood women who are “making moves.”
She loves Jennifer Lawrence for championing equal pay for women, “because it’s not just a glitzy Hollywood issue.”
“I like how brilliant Lena Dunham is–I love seeing her name so many times in the credits for [HBO’s] Girls’ Mindy Kaling is kicking ass,” she writes.
List also makes it known she’s an unabashed Clinton supporter.
“I’m not voting for Hillary because she’s a woman; I’m voting for her because I like the things she has to say. But it’s a huge step to have a woman running for POTUS. And I would be a fool not to use my unique position to make some noise about it.
“And wouldn’t it be cool to see a woman kicking ass in the White House?”
Check out Elle online for her full essay.
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