Forbes’ annual Europe entertainment list has honoured a handful of brilliant breakout LGBTQ+ stars.
Forbes described their ranking lists as an opportunity to “reflect, and champion, global demand for more diversity in the industry”.
British actress Emma Corrin, who recently rose to fame as Diana, Princess of Wales on the fourth season of The Crown has been awarded a coveted spot on the list.
“Being able to play young women finding themselves and overcoming obstacles is such an honour, but I intend to use my platform to write and produce, so I should hope that the roles I play will continue to push me as an actor, no matter what age I am,” Corrin told Forbes.
Marie Ulven aka Girl In Red was also recognised on this year’s list. Girl In Red has made waves in the music industry making open, thoughtfully queer pop.
Girl In Red has made a name for herself as a rising star in the LGBTQ+ community and has been pushing ahead with a highly-anticipated debut record If I Could Make It Go Quiet.
Arlo Parks has also been honoured with a spot on the 30 Under 30 list. Parks is a Gen Z trailblazer in the making.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter has captivated audiences with her hushed ethereal sound and achieved critical acclaim for her debut record Collapsed in Sunbeams which peaked at number three on the U.K. albums chart.
Uzo Emenike was also pipped for a place on the Forbes list. Leading the industry as one of the biggest acts in chart pop, Emenike is more commonly recognised by his stage name MNEK.
The bold producer became instantly recognisable for his anthem Never Forget You with Zara Larsson and other smash hit songs including Colour with singer-songwriter Hailee Steinfeld.
MNEK is also known for being an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has previously opened up to GAY TIMES about the lack of inclusivity in the community.
YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, better known by her username NikkieTutorials was also recognised for her contribution to the social media space.
The beauty star has taken over YouTube with almost 14 million subscribers and creates accessible and engaging content online. Last year the star came out as a transgender woman.
“Today I am here to share something with you that I’ve always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances, and it looks like that chance has been taken away from me,” she revealed in her video.
“So today, I am taking back my own power and I have to tell you something. When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender. I am NikkieTutorials, and I am Nikkie. I am me.”
You can read the full list of Forbes 30 Under 30 list here.