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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The Newsfeed

“Art is basically my job and I enjoy it so much.”—Female, 15, MD

Snap is making its “biggest move” in scripted original content, teaming up with NBCUniversal and the Duplass brothers for their next series. The Duplass-owned creative studio Donut will produce original series for Snap shot in vertical video. NBCU and Snap will also be opening a joint digital content studio focused completely on mobile-first entertainment, “formaliz[ing] their partnership” and putting Snap firmly in the producing/original content creation camp. Snap’s mobile-only approach is part of a movement to shake up how we view videos—in fact, they’re calling their offering “a fundamentally new medium.” (THRTechCrunch)

Eggo frozen waffles are capitalizing on their unexpected Stranger Things’ fame. The brand has seized the marketing opportunity of being a part of one of Millennials & Gen Z’s favorite shows, tying themselves into Netflix’s Super Bowl ad, creating a special toaster for select fans, and swarming New York Comic Con with people dressed up like Eleven armed with “watch party kits” (aka “waffles and a microwavable syrup server”). To prep for the premiere of season two of the show, Eggo is sending out a fully-loaded food truck for the red carpet premiere, and going all out on social media to connect with fans. (MediaPost)

More teens than ever have severe anxiety, but why? The American College Health Association found a 12% increase in undergrads reporting “overwhelming anxiety” from 2011 to 2016, and several studies concur that “there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.” Social media is part of the problem—constant like-monitoring and cyber bullying isn’t helping the most stressed generation to date. There’s also an increasing (and constant) perceived need to over-achieve. One psychology professor observes, “There’s always one more activity, one more A.P. class, one more thing to do in order to get into a top college.” (NYTimes)

Ypulse research has shown that 88% of Millennial parents are trying to avoid helicopter parenting—but they might not be able to help it. The constant media storm of global atrocities and everyday stories of parenting gone wrong combined with advertisers’ willingness to fear-monger, results in a generation of (understandably) anxious parents. It doesn’t help that the tech to constantly monitor kids is easily available (albeit pricey)—from drone surveillance meant for the military to devices that track “blood-oxygen levels all night long.” One relationship therapist sums up, “Everyone is having a hard time drawing a line and just figuring out what’s reasonable versus what’s over-protective.” (Refinery29)

Brands are turning college students into mini-sales forces. Aerie, Victoria’s Secret Pink, and Express are just a few of the many brands that have a program for college campus reps where students receive swag, experience, and other perks for helping bring brand awareness to their colleges. Though brands don’t always require social posts, most ambassadors do share their swag on social, bringing organic ads to their friends’ feeds. The biggest draw is that social posts from reps “[come] across as natural, authentic, a product that they would normally use or want to talk about.” (Racked)

“[Celebrity] can mean anything nowadays and it's a rather diluted term; from YouTube star, to someone on Instagram with millions of followers, to reality TV dopes, etc.”—Male, 30, WI

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