These celebrities are using their power for social change

By Alexandra Zaslow
Updated December 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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Santa’s not the only one with a list!

DoSomething.org, a non-profit for young people and social change, has come out with its seventh annual “Celebs Gone Good” list, where the group recognizes the year’s top celebrities who use their star power to help others. The 2014 list’s top five spots feature this year’s biggest feminists.

Taylor Swift holds the number one spot for the third year in a row. The 1989 singer donated all proceeds from the sale of her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools. Laverne Cox came in second place for her work with the transgender movement. The feminist icon made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy.

Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus used the 2014 Video Music Awards to make a difference. Queen Bey took the third spot for her groundbreaking performance, where the word “feminist” flashed behind her in big bold letters, while Cyrus brought attention to youth homelessness during her acceptance speech for video of the year.

Emma Watson sparked a conversation about feminism after her speech at the United Nations.

Other stars who made the list are Chris Pratt, who melted our hearts when he visited a children’s hospital dressed as Star Lord, and Justin Bieber who granted over 200 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For the very first time, this year’s list honors Internet celebrities who are using their platform to give back. Chosen by fans, the list includes Markiplier, Lilly Singh, Connor Franta, Taylor Caniff and Nathan Zed. Also new this year is a list of “Celebs to Watch in 2014,” which features Becky G, Bethany Mota, R5, Shawn Mendes and Troye Sivan.

The 2014 "Top 20 Celebs Gone Good" list:

9. Tyler Oakley

14. Zendaya