How to Become a Teen Heartthrob
Tiger Beat Editor Nicole Coppola on the keys to capturing the hearts of the young.
By Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
April 20 2006
http://www.latimes.com/You need to have shaggy hair: From Leif Garrett to Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron (the heartthrob du jour) — teen girls love long, tousled, bed head looking shaggy haircuts. Girls imagine running their fingers through it. There really are not many teen heartthrobs out today who do not have a shaggy do.
Dreamy eyes: The key element that sells our magazine is cover photos of boys with dreamy eyes making eye contact with the camera. All pinups and posters in our magazine have to have eye contact. Our reader wants to look at the magazine and feel like her dream boy is looking directly at her — that she is his special girl. Bonus points if you have blue eyes.
No girlfriend, but it is important to have celebrity friends: Our reader believes that one day she will meet you and will make you fall in love with her. If you have a girlfriend or a wife that illusion is completely killed. And you have to be open to dating a fan. That will keep the hope alive and make you more desirable. At the same time it is important to have as many celebrity platonic friends as possible and to be seen on the red carpet at charity events and to go to theme parks. Our reader loves to see her favorite heartthrob riding on rides with all the celebs she likes, but he's not attached. He's still open to be her boyfriend.