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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“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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