A Stroke of Pink

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Serious -- and safe -- site for fashion career hopefuls.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Created "for the fashion industry leaders of tomorrow," this site encourages teens and college students who are interested in fashion to really dig into the industry in productive, meaningful ways. The positive attitude vibe carries into the "7Qs" profiles the site conducts of industry success stories, as well as the blog posts and other features.

Violence
Sex

Some parents may find some of the haute couture fashions featured here to be a bit too sexy for 13-year-old girls (the young end of the age range for which this site is created) but otherwise it doesn't focus on stick-thin models or the other body image pitfalls that sometimes plague the fashion world.

Language
Consumerism

Some average American teens may find it difficult to distinguish their real-life financial inability to live the high-fashion life from all of the hype and glam photos on this site filled with tales of high-end designers and photos of what's-hot-must-have-styles of the season. There are lots of fashion-related sites advertised here, as well as links to outside not-for-profit organizations, blogs and fashion Web sites. A lot of everything fashion -- jewelry, shoes, clothes, CDs -- is promoted here.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site is serious about fashion. Billed as the social networking site "for the fashion industry leaders of tomorrow," it offers a mix of fashion news, interviews, personalities, photos, talk and e-commerce. It reassures parents that it's a safe place to chat about fashion (monitored 24/7) and that its main mission is to support young people interested in fashion careers as designers, store owners, Hollywood stylists and more.

User Reviews

Parent of a 14 year old Written bymaylady55 June 18, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written bycheer15 September 11, 2009
ASOP means A STROKE OF PINK!!!!! UR WELCOME
Kid, 12 years old June 14, 2009

VERY CUTE!!

Its very cute I love it! I love the color pink as well. Its awesome but what does "ASOP" mean? And why do the people on the website love it so much? S... Continue reading

What's it about?

There's a lot going on at the fashion social networking site A STROKE OF PINK. The highlight of the site is the positive encouragement it provides to girls (and probably a few guys) age 13-21 who are serious about pursuing an education and career in fashion. Apparently, a lot of teens are inspired by Project Runway and America's Top Model. In its second month live, the site reportedly averaged 2,500 site visits in a week. Senior fashion students from the nation's top design schools will be given chances to blog about fashion here, as well as design and showcase online "collections" four times a year.

Is it any good?

This site combines fun with facts that will likely be inspiring and useful to any young fashionista. The straight talk from real people in the industry featured in the "7Qs" interviews provides a real-life view into the working world of fashion.

Not surprisingly, the e-commerce component can be overwhelming; there's lots being promoted on almost every page. But if the site fulfills its promise as an online venue for young members to feature and sell their creations, then your budding fashionista may just pay her (or his) own way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how fashion can be fun, but also very pricey. How can your teen make her desire to buy the latest styles fit it into your family's budget? Where can creativity and budgeting befriend each other when it comes to fashion? Also, discuss what it takes to get into and be successful in a highly competitive field like fashion.

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