Beauty Water and Bygone Cocktails
“It was a martini"
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You’ve probably already seen this floating around your Twitter feed, but just in case you missed it — and because this quote is too good not to reprint.
“The other day a group of young girls asked me what cocktail I was drinking,” said Jennifer Cooke, who runs communications for the Carlyle. “It was a martini.”
WHEN MULTILEVEL MARKETING MET GEN Z, atlantic
A dark look inside influencer Amelia Whelan’s Breakaway Movement, “classic multilevel marketing, optimized and freshened up for Gen Z.” One of my classmates has recently started hawking water-ionizing machines on social media (she also sells Monat), and this article about how Gen Z are falling for the same MLM tricks millennials fell for (and Xers and boomers before them) is equal parts fascinating and depressing.
I mean, this kind of goes without saying, right? Gen Z already exhausted all of the early 2000s trends, so of course the 2010s will be next.
“As someone who is young enough to be a regular TikTok user, but old enough to have been a teenage Tumblr user in the 2010s, it's crazy to see how quickly things are making a comeback,” she tells Vogue. “The next generation of teens are already starting to wear creepers, and are romanticizing soft and pastel grunge on TikTok.” She also predicts that asymmetric skirts, striped shirts, and feathered hair extensions—a favorite of 2010s stars like Ke$ha—will come back, too.
How much do we think Omicron will impact formalwear sales into December…? (I, for one, would rather go naked than buy another pair of yoga pants after two years of loungewear.)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE THE INVESTMENT, atlantic
I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that this generation of creators will not need brand deals — they don’t want to be the face of your perfume/makeup/fast food company — they are the brand, complete with product offshoots (i.e. a home influencer who creates her own candle company, or the makeup TikToker who launches her own lipgloss). This isn’t my own groundbreaking opinion here; we’ve already seen this play out with KKW and Skims, etc. Still, this blew my mind:
The 19-year-old TikTok star Josh Richards had flirted with being a brand ambassador for Red Bull. When I asked him why he passed, he looked at me quizzically—why, he wondered, should he be the vessel for someone else’s wealth creation? That’s the playbook for celebrities of yesteryear. Instead, Richards launched his own energy-drink brand, Ani Energy, off the back of his 25 million TikTok followers. A year later, Ani is in over 400 Walmart stores.
One last thought: