The Body-Positive Brand Building A Cult Following

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

Lively has built a cult-following for their body-positive intimates brand, and the digital-first company just opened an in-person store to connect with their community in person…

Backlash brews quickly when young consumers feel something goes against their body positive outlooks. Just take the time that Kim Kardashian West experienced backlash from her followers and the entire internet after posting an #ad for appetite-suppressing lollipops from Flat Tummy Co—but she didn’t seem to learn her lesson since she’s landed on the viral list once again for a similar offense.

The story goes to show that the court of public opinion is quick to condemn anyone who doesn’t take their commitment to self-love and inclusivity seriously. And that goes double for brands, especially in the intimates category. Victoria’s Secret has struggled to move into modern times, and it’s biting into their bottom line. Fashionista reports that sales were sluggish all through 2017 and into 2018. Moving beyond the infamous “formulaic annual fashion show” and aligning with young consumers’ body positive mindsets could put them on the road to reclaiming their former glory.

But of course, there are plenty of other brands looking to claim their crown before they can rebound. In fact, the New York Post reports that Aerie reported a lift in sales last quarter, and it could be coming directly out of Victoria’s Secret Pink’s bottom line. While Aerie’s revenue spiked 38% year-over-year, Pink’s growth has stagnated. Using real, unedited models is the underwear line’s claim to fame, and they’re not the only ones using body positivity as a core message.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingLively has taken a unique approach to intimates by blending the everlasting athleisure trend with comfortable, size-inclusive lingerie, calling it “Leisurée.” The brand that…


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