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 March issues spotlight some of the top talent and most fashionable looks of the season, but they also address heavy topics such as dating abuse and sexual harassment.

Carly Rae Jepsen Seventeen CoverCarly Rae Jepsen graces the cover of Seventeen this month. The international pop star and new brand ambassador for Candie’s embodies the notion that through hard work, confidence, and sometimes luck, you can succeed. She encourages other girls not to give up either and to stick with what they’re passionate about. As the celebrity judge for Seventeen’s third annual Pretty Amazing Contest, Carly Rae hopes to highlight other young women’s accomplishments as well. Seventeen celebrates real girls year round and the latest issue places emphasis on them with a spread on its Style Council – a group of girls who each have a unique sense of fashion – to pictures of readers showing off their personal style. 

Speaking of fashion, the magazine includes spring must haves and prom inspiration. There’s even a spread with indie band Walk the Moon with fashion that rocks, and a feature on bloggers, DJs, and designers who are sure to be a source of inspiration. Readers can also find icons throughout the magazine that direct them to additional content on Seventeen.com.

The most notable part of the March issue, however, is the abundance of articles about dating, a hot topic that Millennials are redefining. Seventeen helps Millennial girls navigate this complex territory with content about meeting a guy online – it doesn’t always mean you’ll be Catfished – and tips for decoding texts. The magazine even discusses the benefits of having a best guy friend who you can turn to for an honest male’s…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “When I go out, I just go where my friends are going.”
—Female, 22, DC

Influencer marketing is on track to grow next year, despite “significant questions about its effectiveness.” According to analysis by Chute, 66% of marketers surveyed have an influencer marketing strategy in place, but the majority aren’t calculating its success by direct sales. Over eight in ten say their top goal with influencers is to reach a new audience, and to measure effectiveness more than 70% look at engagement—either through likes or comments on Instagram, sceenshots on Snapchat, etc.—followed by reach or views, and then referral link click-throughs. (Digiday)

Higher education needs to prepare itself for a new target market. A steep drop in births during the Great Recession is expected to lead to a decrease in the number of U.S. high school graduates, especially among Caucasians: according to a Georgetown Center report, in 2030 white students will account for less than half of high school graduates. Growth within the Hispanic community can offset the decline, signifying that “schools will need to re-orient themselves toward a Hispanic, first-generation population to stay competitive.” (The Wall Street Journal

Health-conscious Millennials have some misconceptions when it comes to GMOs. New Pew Research shows that 21% of 18-29-year-olds believe genetically modified foods are “very likely” to lead to health issues, and 25% believe they create problems for the environment. But in actuality, scientific research says that GM foods are safe to eat, and as long as they’re developed properly “don’t pose any unique, undue threat to the environment.” The study also found that 12% follow vegetarian or vegan diets, which according to scientific research is a healthy habit to take on. (NYMAG

All tech toys are not created equal—according to the Institution for Engineering and Technology. Created with the “mission to encourage more girls to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology,” the Institution recently found that stem toys are three times more likely to target boys over girls, and nine out of ten “girls’ toys” are pink. The Institution reports the stereotypically gendered toys could actually deter young girls interested in engineering. (The Guardian)

Live video is increasingly becoming the space to watch for audience engagement. According to MarketsandMarkets, live video will be a $70 billion industry by 2021, and on Facebook, live content is generating 10x the amount of comments than typical videos. The holidays have proven to be an ideal opportunity for brands looking to dive in on the trend: Lowe’s Black Friday deals unveiling on Facebook Live reached an audience of 32,000 during broadcast, while Taco Bell’s livestream of their annual Friendsgiving dinner generated as many as 150,000 viewers. (Adweek)

Quote of the Day: “When I go out I look for pool tables…or something to do other than drink.”

—Female, 23, CA

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