Monthly Teen Mag Roundup

Few phenomena have reached the level of fandom among teen girls as One Direction and “The Twilight Saga,” so it’s only fitting that these two topics appear on the cover of December/January teen magazines. One Direction have established themselves as the most popular young stars this year, and this month marks the end of an era for Twihards with the final film, “Breaking Dawn - Part 2.” We’re sure the newest issues of Teen Vogue and Seventeen will be a favorite among readers for their cover stars, as well as the variety of content packed inside.

Harry Styles Teen VogueEach member of One Direction has their own cover for the latest issue of Teen Vogue, tapping into their enormous influence and providing collectable content, which young people crave. The Fantastic Five, as Teen Vogue calls them, continue to rise in popularity and they’re featured inside the mag with a spread on their massive success, how they got to where they are, the recent release of their second album, “Take Me Home,” and their upcoming world tour.

Speaking of fame,Teen Vogue also features Maude Apatow, the daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann who’s made a name for herself on Twitter. She’s proving to be a voice of tweens with her relatable and witty tweets and she’s wise beyond her years, as evident from the articles she writes for HelloGiggles. She also explains how she wants to be like Lena Dunham and Sofia Coppola, talented female writers who are role models for many girls as well. Maude is one to watch for providing relatable commentary in 140 characters or less.

When it comes to fashion, this month’s issue highlights how a new generation of girls are proud to wear the pants. They’re embracing pantsuits, showing their power, especially in the business world. They aren’t afraid to rock menswear-inspired styles and they seek to…

 
 
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“I won’t buy an already-made costume to dress up in for Halloween because I prefer using my creativity to come up with an uncommon or personalized costume to wearing a mass-produced costume that won't be unique to me.” –Male, 24, CA

One entrepreneur has a big idea to change charity fundraising as we know it—and she’s only 10-years-old. Vivienne Harr started a lemonade stand for charity in 2012 that has turned into Make A Stand lemonade, a family company that donates 5% of each sale. Now, the Harrs are launching StandApp, a mobile platform for donating to and starting crowdfunded social good projects. Twitter’s founders have invested in the app, which tells users they can “make a stand and change the world in 3 steps and 30 seconds.” (Fast Company)

Vice media has established themselves as creators of online content that speaks to young consumers, and now they will launch a global, 24 hour TV network for their Millennial audience. The brand’s Vice News has gotten a reputation for tackling some of the biggest international stories before much more established news organizations, and CEO Shane Smith warned traditional media outlets that as the generation ages up, they will become obsolete, and sites like Vice and BuzzFeed are “the changing of the guard.” (The IndependentThe Drum)

Posting calories counts on menus isn’t necessarily making consumers choose healthier options, but a new study has found that if told what they would have to do to burn off those calories, teens are less likely to buy higher calorie or sugary drinks. When signs were posted in stores telling buyers things like, “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 5 miles of walking,” 40% of 12-18-year-olds who saw them said they changed their drink choice as a result. Even after the signs were removed these teens continued to make healthier choices. (Washington Post)

Italian clothing label Brandy Melville has reportedly become “one of the fastest growing popular brands among American teens,” but the company is not interested in selling to everyone: they sell most items only in size small. Abercrombie & Fitch has famously lost ground with young consumers thanks to their similarly exclusionary practices, and some teens are expressing their dissatisfaction on Melville’s Instagram, where they are asking for sizes that “fit all.” (Tech Times)

Many Millennials don’t trust banks (or any other large institutions) but it could be that financial organizations are missing a big opportunity with the generation. Adweek’s recent study found that 18-24-year-olds are more likely than other consumers to say they would trust a financial institution more if they provided helpful, unbiased content. But only 20% of respondents felt that these institutions are currently posting interesting articles. (Adweek)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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