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It Girls and Friend Tech
“for that, i could get two streaming subscriptions.”
Inside the search for Gen Z’s Will and Kate; Lila Moss, daughter to Kate (the other Kate), stars in Maje’s fall 2023 collection; everybody wants to Be Zach Bryan’s friend; and ‘The Idol’ has been canceled after one season at HBO.
THE PR MACHINES BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ‘IT GIRLS’, bof
Today’s crop of it girls indeed have that it factor — and they also have publicists and stylists curating their image. I think that’s always been the case to some extent, but this piece suggests that the difference now versus it girls of yore is that a team is necessary to turn a moment of social media virality into a long-lasting career. “Our goal is not at all to make her famous,” said Savannah Engel, the PR pro who represents Ivy Getty, the great-granddaughter of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. “Our goal is to create her brand. It’s not about the next two years, it’s the next 10 to 15 years.”
WITH NEW STRAWBERRY GLAZE FLAVOR, RHODE CLOSES IN ON 1 MILLION PEPTIDE LIP TREATMENTS SOLD, glossy
Speaking of it girls, Hailey Bieber’s new peptide lip treatment in limited-edition flavor Strawberry Glaze — part of a collaboration with Krispy Kreme — debuted yesterday. The first 200 people to order the lip balm got a custom strawberry box, and fans lost their minds over this. “I just knowwwww it's going to be like the Hunger Games trying to get these on Monday😭😭😭😭,” said one IG comment. “This is my equivalent of trying to get eras tour tickets,” said another.
HERE COME THE GIRLS! ALL-FEMALE K-POP GROUPS CONQUER BRITAIN, theguardian
The decline of British girl groups like Girls Aloud and Little Mix has created a void that K-pop girl groups are filling. Four all-female K-pop bands – Twice, Aespa, Itzy, and (G)I-dle – are all set to perform in London arenas next month. This year also saw two all-girl groups – Fifty Fifty and New Jeans – both enter the UK charts.
DATING APPS PUT A HEFTY PRICE TAG ON FINDING LOVE, wsj
I think the Bumbles and Tinders are overestimating not just how many people are willing to pay for a dating app, but also the value and utility of the “premium” features they’re offering to paid users.
Ainsley Hylton has used dating apps mostly because they show him other men he might be interested in. He still doesn’t see the value in paying. “A lot of the time, it’s over $20 a month for it,” said Hylton. “For that, I could get two streaming subscriptions.”
FRIEND.TECH GETS UNFRIENDED: DAILY TRANSACTIONS DROP 95% AS HYPED DECENTRALIZED SOCIAL APP LOSES STEAM, techcrunch
The buzzy platform that allows users to tokenize themselves, selling "keys" to fans, who then became shareholders has seen transaction activity plummet within 20 days of its launch. Daily transactions fell 95%, from 39,000 to 1,400, and fund inflow dropped from $1.98 million to $8,300.
GEN Z’S FOMO IS DRIVING THEM TO TRADE MORE THAN ANY OTHER GENERATION, fortune
In 2023, nearly 90% of Gen Zers investors said they bought, sold, or withheld additional investments in response to inflation and rising interest rates. Over half of Gen Z investors said they expect to invest more in stock-related investment this year than last year, and 41% of Gen Zers in the U.S. and Canada cited FOMO as a reason they invest.
THE COLLEGE BOARD TELLS TIKTOK AND FACEBOOK YOUR SAT SCORES, gizmodo
Gizmodo’s tests found the higher-ed gatekeeper shares GPAs, SAT scores, and other data with big tech. Seems…not great.
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