Power Girls & Gym Class Inspired Style: Teen Mag Round Up

We flip through the pages of teen magazines so you don’t have to, uncovering the trends on the rise and new faces to watch. Here’s what Nylon, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue are serving up for their teen readers: 

1. Spoon University

College students face some unhealthy and unappetizing meal choices, and can fall into the habit of turning ice cream and fries into food groups. Tired of their dining hall status quo, Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler decided to take matters into their own hands, launching Spoon University, an on-campus food magazine by students for students. Spoon University was funded on Kickstarter in 2012, offering dorm-friendly recipes, meal ideas, dining hall hacks, and off-campus restaurant recommendations. After graduating in 2013, they moved to NYC, learned how to code, and launched their website, which now gives the dish on the “foodscapes” at more than 50 colleges. Ypulse’s April survey found that 47% of Millennials consider themselves foodies, and it seems even dorm-living isn’t holding back their culinary obsessions. 

2. High Class Gym Class Looks

If you haven’t noticed all of the girls in leggings and guys in joggers, “athleisure” is the new uniform of young consumers. Millennials are slipping into comfortable gym-class inspired fashions even when they don’t plan on breaking a sweat, and Nylon’s “Good Sports” fashion spread shows that high-end athletic looks are having a major moment. Not surprisingly, many teens are reporting Nike and Lululemon as their favorite clothing brands, and more and more retailers and designers, from Forever 21 to Chanel to Under Armour, are producing athletic lines to capitalize on the trend.

3. Power Girls

These magazines are jam-packed with female talent to watch, from the pages of “Power Girls” in Teen Vogue to Nylon’s list of…

 
 

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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

"I love coffee and love the experience of having someone make me a nice latte. I like being around other people and hanging out in restaurants or cafes.”—Female, 20, PA

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