Monthly Teen Mag Roundup

We’re back with our monthly teen magazine roundup to highlight what’s trending and what’s next in the youth space. Both Seventeen and Teen Vogue’s October issues spotlight some of fashion and entertainment’s finest, along with an emphasis on newcomers, as well as impressive real girls!

Lindsay BrownSeventeen in particular celebrates fierce, independent females with focus on the “Pretty Amazing” finalists in its second contest to feature a real girl on the cover. These powerful, passionate, and creative young women who each shared their story for a chance to win a $20,000 college scholarship and a cover spot are role models. Yet, they’re also regular teens. And as many magazines have gotten slack for not featuring realistic body images, Seventeen strives to make a difference and showcase inspiring girls who are still relatable, ordinary teens.

Ultimately, Lindsay Brown, a 21-year-old and senior at the University of Notre Dame won the contest for her commitment to helping other girls gain confidence. Lindsay is a soccer star who had a full scholarship and hopes of making it the U.S. Women’s Olympic soccer team. However, she gave up her spot and scholarship to form an organization called The SEGway Project (Soccer Empowering Girls Worldwide and You) to help girls in places like Nepal, Cambodia, and Kenya discover self-worth and confidence through soccer, and to connect those girls with young women in the U.S. In forming the first team in Nepal, she’s already seen changes among girls who are now more eager to raise their hand in the classroom and the boys have started showing more respect for them. Needless to say, that’s pretty amazing!

The October issue also celebrates independence from advice on how to get killer confidence from Kelly Osbourne to real girl stories like an adventurous student…


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“I love reality TV shows. It's always fun to watch average people make themselves look foolish just for a shot at fame.”

—Female, 17, CA

“Bored kids” and “desperate parents” are the most likely to love their smart speakers. Nine out of ten children who own one say they enjoy their device, and 57% of all smart speaker owners with children admit entertaining their children was one of the reasons they opted for the purchase. Ypulse found 13-34-year-olds consider Amazon Alexa one of the “coolest tech products” so it’s no surprise smart speaker owners love their devices: 65% “would not want to go back to their lives before getting one,” 42% consider it an everyday “essential,” and over half of parents plan to purchase another. (Fast Company)

Plastic surgery is reportedly having a moment with Millennial men. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, of the over one-third of men who are “extremely likely” to consider cosmetic procedures, 58% are 25-34-years-old and 34% are 18-24-years-old. Some reasons they’re willing to go under the knife (or needle)? To boost their self-confidence, to appear less tired or stressed, and to stay competitive in their careers. Experts say social media and the self-care trend is making men more appearance-conscious. (Bloomberg)

Reading Rainbow is back and it’s all grown-up, just like its fans. The well-loved show's host, LeVar Burton, is picking up a book and laying down a podcast for his Millennial fans. He’ll be reading selected works of fiction and breaking down the themes just like in the old days, but he’s also adding a little something extra: his personal take on the tale. The only thing missing from the original PBS Kid’s show? The coveted chance to get on screen and read a review from your favorite story.

(Huffington Post)

Gen Z is thinking finances-first when making college decisions. Almost 80% consider the cost of an institution in their decision of where to attend, which makes sense considering over one in three are planning to pay for part or all their expenses. Avoiding the student loan debt that most Millennials know all too well is a key component of their finance-savvy thinking: 69% of teens are concerned about taking on loans, and the number of teens who plan to borrow has dropped 10% since 2016. (CSF)

Leisure and hospitality are the “hottest” jobs for teens this summer. A full 41% of teens went into leisure and hospitality last year, nearly double those that landed a wholesale and retail gig. Education and health services rounded out the top three, with all other industries claiming 5% or less of the summer teen workforce. When Ypulse asked teens where they’re planning to work this summer, restaurants and fast food jobs combined would land the top spot on the list. (Markets Insider)

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—Female, 21, CA

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