Guest Post: Meet the Mipsterz

Millennials are the most global generation to date, with unprecedented internationally shared culture points and access to information about their peers around the world. While there are absolutely still distinctions within the generation depending on region, we do see amazing commonalities among them as well, and a desire among young Millennials around the world to balance their local, traditional culture with a more forward-thinking worldview. Today we are giving you an exclusive first look at JWT MENA’s newest report on Mipsterz, a growing group of young, hip, and mostly female Muslims who are forging new ground in integrating tradition and modern life—a very Millennial approach to the world we touched upon in our own Splice of Life trend last year.

The “Mipsterz” Evolution: Where Are They and What Are They Thinking?

If you haven’t come across the term Mipsterz yet, you need to catch up and fast.  This global Gen Y [Millennial] sub-culture is specifically Muslim, but fused with hipster values. Born out of conflict and misperception in the West, Mipsterz project an entirely new image of Islam to their communities and the media and it’s not what you have come to expect. The In the Name of Faith and Fun report from JWT MENA Brand Intelligence sheds light on their unique motivations, challenges and expectations from society, brands and the world. At their core, Mipsterz will not compromise the requirements of their faith, but they do so with a joie de vivre and desire to integrate fully within society.  

The report’s insights show they are affirmed pacifists, with 89% asserting the rejection of violence; and they are highly educated: 40% have acquired a college degree education or higher.


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The Newsfeed

“[Anna Victoria is] a good role model to women and is changing the way the world looks at fitness and body image.”—Female, 21, CA

Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

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