We have a feeling you're going to LOVE the new campaign singer Bea Miller is working on now. The star has partnered with one of our fave candy brands, 3 Musketeers, as part of their new mission to #ThrowShine – which is the literal opposite of throwing shade – both online and IRL. TWIST caught up with the star to find out all about how the fun and inspiring messages written on each chocolate bar are spreading positivity this holiday season and beyond – and how you can too! Check out our exclusive Q&A below.
TWIST: This is the cutest campaign.
Bea Miller: It really, really is. As someone who goes on Twitter almost every single day, as a young person? You're surrounded by negativity all the time. Young people are either really supportive of each other, or they're the complete opposite, and there's usually not an in-between. When you're surrounded by so much hatred towards other people, it's so nice to see that there are people, and companies like 3 Musketeers, that are going out of their way to spread positivity. And throw shine? I think that's really sweet.
The messages are so perfect too, and I think words are so powerful. There's one candy wrapper that says"you're sweeter than a basket of puppies." That's my favorite one for sure. It means so much when someone goes out of their way to tell you that you care.
TWIST: Have you been seeing your fans getting really creative in getting involved?
BM: Yeah! My one fan tweeted me a photo where she was out, I think she lives in Europe, and she was out on the streets holding a sign that said "Free Hugs," and she sent me a bunch of pictures of her giving hugs to people. Things like that are really nice. It's the small things, and doing things out in your community, but also being nicer on the Internet is really important. It sounds silly, but that's such a big part of being this age now, you know what I mean?
TWIST: Are you finding that you're seeing more people pushing back against being bullies online and going out of their way to be nice?
BM: Yeah, I actually do think that. And when you partner with people who are also trying to spread positivity, and you work together for a common goal, you find that you'll be a lot more successful than if you're going it on your own. I think it really is awesome when brands realize what's going on and they're aware that like, adults run the world obviously, but there are a lot of adults who are very oblivious to what's going on and they don't really know. It's cool to see people like who work at 3 Musketeers who understand and want to make people happy.
TWIST: Especially after the election, a lot of our readers were really frustrated that they couldn't vote but still wanted to get their voices heard and get out there. Do you have any advice for kids and teens your own age to make adults realize what's important to them, and make change in their own way?
BM: Yeah, I think as long as you put positive things out into the world, positive things will come back to you. I also believe that you can't give up on what you believe in. If you are surrounded by things that aren't necessarily very happy or kind, you can put that out there and change what's around you. You can stand up for what you believe in.
Personally, my family and I are a family of all women, so we felt kind of stressed out about what's going on right now, and belittled, but we are empowering ourselves. You know, we go to rallies, the marches. We allow ourselves to be heard. I feel like that's the most important thing, to really make sure you get your message across, and not to be afraid to say how you feel.
TWIST: Especially during the holiday time, people are trying to spread kindness everywhere, or try to get in the festive spirit even if your holidays aren't so happy. Do you have any traditions or ways you love spreading joy with others?
BM: I always go see my whole entire extended family for Christmas, we spend the holidays all together. I feel like it's really important to do that. We spend every holiday like that, even like, the Fourth of July. Even if it's in a smaller group of people or your community of friends or whoever, it is just good to go to a positive place where you're surrounded by people who love you. Let them know you love them as well.
TWIST: Is your family big on cooking? Or present-swapping? Or anything fun like that?
BM: Oh yes! Presents aren't so much a thing in my family, like we all get presents but it's not a huge event. But we are definitely a family of chefs! We make the best meals. I've got to say, my family is where it's at for holiday meals. We make good food.
TWIST: Is there a perfect meal that you're just like, it's not Christmas without, "______"?
This is going to sound weird, but we make stuffed artichokes. It's a family recipe where it's like breaded and you stuff it inside the leaves, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic. We do it every year and it's my favorite thing in the whole world. It's my collective family's favorite.