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Good morning! Did you know that the inclusive underwear brand Parade just landed a massive deal with a big-box retailer and that a 25-year-old dude from Staten Island has emerged as Gen Z’s Cathy Horyn? Today we’re talking about that and more…
LUKE MEAGHER, AKA HAUTELEMODE, IS A NEW KIND OF FASHION CRITIC, vogue
The 25-year-old self-made fashion critic — who “publishes his thoughts not in essays or written reviews, but, instead, through long-form, freewheeling YouTube videos” and is “more Joan Rivers than Cathy Horyn” — gets the Vogue write-up, a testament to how much the fashion world has changed in the last 15 to 20 years. (Remember when OGs scorned fashion bloggers in the early 2010s? )
PARADE INKS TARGET PARTNERSHIP, bof
As of this week, Parade will be sold in 400 of its 2,000 locations across the U.S. Huge! “Our ambition is to be the leading underwear brand for all people,” founder Cami Téllez said. “We’ve established that cult-like following online, and our next phase is ubiquity.” The company is on track to reach $75 million in annual revenue and expects to be profitable by the end of the year.
DREAMING OF STUDENT-DEBT RELIEF, thecut
Eight borrowers who carry varying amounts of student debt in varying circumstances — from withdrawing from college because of disability, to parenting while in school, to taking out Parent PLUS Loans for their children — share the difference student-loan forgiveness would make in their lives.
”I told myself that, once I graduated, I was going to be in a better situation, employed and earning money to pay all of my bills. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It’s not just the loans; it’s the rent, the food, the baby, the car — there’s so many other things. The economy is just getting difficult, and inflation is getting higher, including the cost of a college education.”
“GEN Z ISN’T WAITING”: MAXWELL FROST, CONGRESS’S YOUNGEST MEMBER, GETS A BUMPY INTRODUCTION TO WASHINGTON, vanityfair
The 26-year-old Florida representative “is, simply put, cool — ’probably is the coolest member ever elected to Congress,’ per Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona.” His relationships with other politicians and political players seem more in line with a multiterm established leader than a freshman.
SNAPCHAT IS RELEASING ITS OWN AI CHATBOT POWERED BY CHATGPT, theverge
The “My AI” bot, powered by the latest version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, is only available for $3.99 a month Snapchat Plus subscribers but will eventually roll out to all 750 million monthly users. According to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, it’s a bet that AI chatbots will increasingly become a part of everyday life for more people.
‘SCANNERS ARE COMPLICATED’: WHY GEN Z FACES WORKPLACE ‘TECH SHAME’, theguardian
Gen Z workers can edit photos, produce videos, and build websites; but desktop computing — “things like files, folders, scanning, printing, and using external hardware” — has posed a bigger challenge for young people; 56% of people between the ages of 18 and 26 said “they had very basic to no digital skills education.”
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