Teen Mag Roundup

Today we’re reading Teen Vogue, Seventeen and M so you don’t have to, giving you an inside look at what teens are saying, doing, wearing and listening to this summer…and why.

TEEN VOGUE

Covergirl: Nicki Minaj was an early-adopter of MySpace and represents a social media rise to fame, discovered after self-publishing songs online. The interview emphasizes how Nicki draws inspiration from connecting online with her fellow-Millennial fans and trusts their opinions on her upcoming ventures, checking Twitter after ever episode of American Idol and saying her clothing line will be “fan-sourced.” Young Millennials especially have become accustomed to having this kind of daily contact and connection with the celebrities they love.

Stat to Note: One person dies of melanoma every hour in the U.S. While tanning beds had their day in the sun, they are starting to be less frequented by young people who are more aware of the harms of fake tanning. Millennials can add sun exposure to the list of things considered harmless by previous generations but are now known to be dangerous.

Movie Watch: The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s latest film, comments on adolescent rebellion, based on a true story of fame-obsessed Millennials made notorious for stealing from the closets of celebrities. The movie gives an exaggerated look at how young Millennials’ desires for fame and money can be perpetuated by the digital age.

Fashion Forecast: UK-based retailer Topshop is teaming up with actress Kate Bosworth for a 30-piece design collaboration of refreshed festival-wear, including the crop top, prairie dress, and laser-cut aesthetics that we’ve seen across the nation so far this summer. Ypulse reported last week on the frenzy of festival-inspired clothing lines from popular retailers ASOS and Forever 21, so…

 
 

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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

“Crochet and knitting are very relaxing, therapeutic, and have tangible results."—Female, 31, AL

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