Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Entourage questions our behavior on social media, the way we represent ourselves online, and the way it impacts our self-esteem. Entourage targets teenage girls, an active group on social media who is deeply affected by Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Royal Society for Public Health asked teenage girls in the UK how social media apps impacted their mental health and wellbeing and the results showed that social media led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image, and loneliness.

This thesis encourages young girls to accept and love themselves the way they are, the way they look, and the way they act without filters. According to Robin Dunbar, a respected anthropologist who described our social network as layered, our closest groups of friends include an average of fifteen people—this is why Entourage limits our interactions to fifteen people at a time. The app allows its “cliquers” to post and react through instant GIFs, videos and pictures encouraging them to accept who they really are. Moreover, because social media have been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, Entourage limits its users to be active on the app only five minutes a day.

At Entourage we believe that the app will help teenage girls sharing their true selves with their best friends leading them to feel physically and mentally better. With time and perseverance, Entourage will prove that having a healthy online presence will make us feel and be better.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou