Bradford’s Zayn Malik, one of the members of boyband One Direction, has been named one of the most influential Asians in Britain.
The 20-year-old, who made his big break on The X Factor, is the top ranked musician on the GG2 Powerlist.
The announcement comes the same week the band are expected to see their third album, Midnight Memories, become the fastest selling LP of 2013.
Malala Yousafzai, a teenager shot in the head by the Taliban after a campaign for girl’s education, topped the powerlist, followed by MP Keith Vaz.
Despite only being in the music industry for three years, Zayn occupies a much higher position on the list than other, more established Asian musicians such as pioneering rapper M.I.A (49) and Singer Jay Sean (71).
“I stay up just late enough until I am just exhausted enough that I can fall into my bed and sink into immediate slumber. Because I can’t stand lying in a bed in a dark room alone with just my thoughts for so many hours and hours.”—Unknown (via wet-violet)