If you have social media, especially TikTok, you’ve probably heard of Colleen Hoover, a very popular author whose books are taking over the internet right now. She mainly writes young adult fiction novels, which always end up on “BookTok” being reviewed and recommended by readers in the online community. As a BookTok enthusiast, my curiosity got the best of me. After ordering and reading two of her books, “Verity” and “November 9”, I was immediately hooked on her writing style and storylines.
Public authorities in the Netherlands have been told to steer clear of TikTok, the popular short-video platform, in light of privacy risks posed by the Chinese app. According to two Dutch government officials who spoke to POLITICO, Dutch ministries and agencies are following recommendations to “shun” TikTok accounts and cease government communication and advertising on the app; the policy does not instruct officials to delete the app. This is despite the app’s growing popularity in the Netherlands, where it has around 3.5 million users, or 20% of the country’s population.
A new trend has taken over tiktok once again but this time, it’s reigniting a discussion of the way white creators all too often, appropriate beauty practices from black and brown communities.
In a video posted on December 28, 22-year-old influencer Alix Earle listed her top Amazon purchases of 2022. One of her favorite beauty, wellness, and tech finds is Mielle Organics’ Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil, which is often used by those with curly or textured hair. (Mielle, a Black-owned brand, specializes in natural hair products.)
TikTok is one of today’s most popular social media apps, and new artists are finding in it a more organic way to promote their art while also growing their fanbase. Because TikTok provides a constant flow and slightly addictive flow of content, younger artists are turning to it to build their highly successful small businesses.
Last week, Target Corporation announced an ongoing partnership with author, actress, and social media phenomenon Tabitha Brown. The launch also includes four limited-time-only collections that will launch over the next year. Tabitha Brown, who is recognized for her daily dose of encouragement, teams up with Target to deliver positive well-being to guests through her vibrant and inspiring style. The collections include categories across apparel, swim, accessories, home and office, food and kitchenware, entertaining and more. Starting Sunday, January 8th, Target guests are able to shop the first collection of more than 75 apparel, swim, and accessories items — with most items being under $30 — on Target.com and in most Target stores while supplies last.
It’s finally the time of the year to reflect on what’s been happening and what we’ve been doing before moving on to a fresh start. As usual, the last weeks of December mark what’s probably the end of many odd or even unhealthy beauty and fashion trends as we make room for what’s to come.
Thanks to the age of social media and the internet, our world is changing faster than ever before. Technology has sparked globalization and trends in everything from fashion to food, to home repair. One area in which technology has been particularly influential though, is music. Technology has changed so much in recent years that music production, something which used to only be accessible to major record companies and very rich and very famous artists, is now available to just about anyone with a smartphone. The age of technology and accessibility has caused a surge in music and artists, and yet- simultaneously- brought about an end to the age of the “pop star.”
If you’re a TikTok regular like me, you know how it feels to come across a popular audio that is all over TikTok and stuck in your head for days or even weeks. Next thing you know, you find yourself screaming Megan Trainor’s new single “Made You Look” at the top of your lungs. Artists […]
Throughout history, trends have shaped decades in the fashion industry. When I think of fashion trends, I think of the Kurt Cobain-inspired grunge trend of the 90s or the neon color block trend of the 80s. I mean, what would the early 2000s be without the infamous juicy couture tracksuits? Throughout history, fashion trends have come and gone, defining each era. That is until Social media was born. Following trends can be a fun way to participate in fashion. The way you dress can help you express yourself and shape your identity. However, with the invention of social media, trends have come and gone faster than ever. In a matter of months, we see the rise and fall of the latest fashion trends. As a result, clothing is being overconsumed and overproduced at an exponential rate.
TikTok does an exceptional job of bringing people together. During the early days of the pandemic, conversations surrounding mental health reached the forefront of our collective consciousness, creating space on the popular platform for people with mental illnesses to seek assistance and community. But on an app that is specially designed to suck you down bottomless rabbit holes fueled by endless scrolling, it can be easy to get caught up in a web of false information and dubious advice. While I’m personally of the belief that mental health TikTok serves as a refuge for many, it can be quite dangerous for others–especially for the young and easily impressionable.
To preface, I’m usually not one to defend the money-driven institutions that lie at the crux of popular art, whether it be fashion or music. But a worrying trend concerning a certain dancing and lip syncing app (I’m talking TikTok, of course) has made me question whether its unprecedented influence on the music industry is a particularly good thing. Sure, a few obscure artists have been propelled to stardom due to some viral audios, and decades-old hits have made their way back into the cultural consciousness due to the app–-but at what cost, exactly? As TikTok music dominates your feeds and shapes the weekly Billboard charts, it looks as if artists in the industry are paying the highest price.
Within a capitalist America, constantly pushing individuals to prioritize their careers and work ethic above all, a new phrase has been coined on TikTok that describes employees who remain at their jobs, but strive to not overdo themselves in the workplace: “quiet quitting.” However, this concept has been frequently misconstrued as workers choosing to do the bare minimum at their jobs. Rather, it points out the absurd expectations that many employers have of their employees to constantly go above and beyond in their professions, taking on tasks and duties that heavily exceed their job titles and average expectations.