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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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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