ASOS Nixes Airbrushing & Makes The Viral List

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ASOS goes viral for showing flaws, an animation about a man not named Steve is trending on Reddit, a viral Tumblr post is ripping apart the “Millennials are killing…” narrative, and more links you’ll want to see before you end out the week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingASOS Bares All and Goes Viral

ASOS has gone Photoshop-free and viral this week. In 2016, the e-commerce fashion retailer took a stance in the body-positive movement, tweeting “Natural is best…We think everyone is beautiful just the way they are!” Now their website reflects that ethos by featuring bikini models sans retouching, baring stretch marks, acne spots, and all. Many are praising the new images, with some Twitter users thanking the retailer for making them feel more accepting of their own bodies and their “tiger stripes.” ASOS isn’t the only retailer embracing The Body Positive trend: Target’s recent swimwear campaign also features models with visible stretch marks, and Victoria’s Secret released a photo of one of their angels without Photoshopping her marks away.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThis Man is Not Named Steve But He’s Going Viral

An animation about a man not named Steve is trending on Reddit r/videos subreddit, racking up over a million views in one day. Created by YouTuber and musician Bill Wurtz, “hi, i’m steve” is a minute-long, “gloriously random animation” about a poorly-drawn stick-figure not named Steve and how he lives his life. The crude imagery and bizarre music that has captured the internet’s attention falls in line with Wurtz’s past viral videos, including the 20-minute-long “history of the entire world, i guess” which has over 25 million views on YouTube.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingMillennials’ Killer Reputation Goes Viral on Tumblr  

Millennials are a generation of killers! Chain restaurants, golf, cereal, marriage, bars of soap, and many other industries have all…

 
 

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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

 “I’m too lazy to exercise on purpose. Too much work…If I can't get it with my dog, my job, or my nightlife, it ain't happening.”
—Female, 23, CA

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