Teen Mag Roundup

Today we’ve pulled the need-to-know trends from teen reads SeventeenNYLON, and J-14 to update you with what matters to teenage consumers.
 
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Celebrating Rebellion: Miley Cyrus’ fandom, know as the “Smilers,” weigh in on what makes their idol so charismatic. Gracie, a 17-year-old who runs a Miley fan account on Twitter with 35,000 followers, quotes: “I respect her because she does exactly what she wants and never second-guesses herself. I envy that kind of confidence.” Though her transition from Disney tween to controversial pop-icon has been a shock for some original fans, Millennials enjoy being entertained by what is out of their comfort zone since they avoid extreme rebellion in their own lives.
 
Bye-Bye Barely There Swimwear: Say goodbye to the long-heralded string bikini and hello to graphic print one-pieces and high-rise bikini bottoms. Girls increasingly want their intimates and swimwear to look like everyday clothing, so thick-strapped and off-the-shoulder crop tops for swim will be must-haves, showing that covering up is especially cool right now.
 
Selfies Still Got It: 62% of readers are into the #Selfie music video which currently has over 78 million views on YouTube. The song has been riffed on in countless Vine videos and pokes fun at Millennial social media habits while also glorifying selfie behavior.
 
Chick Lit Page Turner: Debuting April 22nd is a book from E! News correspondent Ken Baker called How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love. Though the title sounds stereotypical, the story is a sarcasm-laden account of a girl’s struggle with being overweight and the motivation she builds to turn her life around. Reviewers call it “sassy” and “honest” as an empowering piece of chick lit for young readers.
 
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Quote of the Day: “I participated in Bikram Yoga, because I found a few YouTube tutorials on it.” –Female, 24, MN

Being featured in the (racy) lyrics of Beyoncé’s hit single “Formation” has caused Red Lobster’s sales to spike 33%. But a wave of frustration hit Twitter after the brand took too long to respond to the song, and failed to live up to expectations. One user advised,“Yo @redlobster, all you have to do is NOT f*** up. Just give the Twitter over to your highest ranking Black person under 33. Trust me.” But after eight hours Red Lobster tweeted an underwhelming: "Cheddar Bey Biscuits" has a nice ring to it,don't you think? #Formation @Beyonce.” The indecent highlights what young consumers expect from brands on social media. (MediaPostBuzzFeed)

The newly funded Stash investment app is hoping to “break down the barriers that prevent nearly three quarters of Millennials from investing.” To appeal to the risk-averse generation, the app allows users to invest as little as $5, and describes investments in easy theme-like terms, like “Clean and Green.” For the founders it’s all about setting up users for the long-term: “By lowering the minimum level of investment, enabling Millennials to invest in broad themes that they care about, and guiding them along the path toward building smart lifelong investment habits, Stash has the potential to empower an entire generation to reach their financial goals.” (Business Wire)

Fit has gone glam for Millennials—and not just in the U.S. Young Chinese women are embracing working out, and shifting traditional beauty ideals. In a 2003 survey, 1,000 working females cited an ideal body to be "an almost-emaciated, willowy physique," but social media and celebrity influence, as well as more awareness to physical health, are making strength the new goal. Women sharing their fitness journeys are becoming major influencers and creating new personal brands, and the fitness industry in China has grown 13% yearly since 2010. (Refinery29)

ESports—multi-player competitive video gaming—is expected to generate $463 million in ticket sales, merchandise, sponsorships, and advertising for 2016, and networks want a piece of the action. But can it translate to TV? TBS is premiering E-League, a 10-week eSports competition series that will stand as a true test on whether the phenomenon can “find the right balance between achieving scale and retaining its core audience of digitally forward young men.” Critics have good reason to be skeptical: ESPN2’s airing of an eSports college competition perplexed viewers, frustrated broadcasters, and scored a 0.1 Nielsen rating. (Adweek

British director Anthony Wilcox’s new action-packed thriller,Shield 5, is captivating audiences—the Instagram audience that is. The series, which currently has 30,000 followers, is being called “social cinema,” and each episode is the length of an Instagram video: just 15-seconds. Wilcox’s love for fast-turnaround projects and very low budget is what ultimately inspired him to choose the platform. There was also the potential to go viral: "If you’ve got the opportunity to show your work to a much, much bigger audience…all around the world, it might be worth trying it." (Fast Company

Quote of the Day: “I share my selfies by making it my profile picture.” —Female, 23, IL

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