Is your boyfriend/girlfriend so amazing they deserve to be featured in Seventeen?
There's a lot of criticism about fashion magazines and how they impact teenage girls. There can be excessive photoshopping, and the industry favours stick-thin models that reflect an idea of 'perfect' that is pretty impossible to achieve.
Recently, Seventeen magazine put a brief archive of their magazine's 65 years! Covers include some 80s style tips (hilarious), Will Smith at his best, and the beginning of Brooke Sheilds' reign as top model. These covers are little mini time capsules, peaks into the past if you will. For more covers, read here
Of course, no issue is complete without relationship advice. This month was definitely focused on "decoding" guys. Without further ado...
Seventeen continues to perturb me in ways that Glamour never has. I just can't get over the one-dimensional messages this magazine is sending to girls. Maybe my pearl-clutching is a little out of hand, but it makes me nervous that right there on the cover is the tagline "Hair & Makeup Ideas That Make You Instantly Prettier!" Like teenage girls don't face enough pressure in regards to conforming and being pretty in their every day lives.
This month's Seventeen is extra bright and peppy and I find myself unable to turn away. Maybe it’s the presence of the word “FREE” on the cover, or maybe it has more to do with the promise of perfect hair all summer. Hell, maybe the cover is such an assault on my eyeballs because its cover girl, Lucy Hale (who is actually totally cute and cool and has amazing style!) is decked out in some seriously neon colors, complete with an attention-grabbing feather earring.
This month’s cover girl was Emma Roberts, who I absolutely despise because, according to the article, the bitch stole my man. Yup, you heard me: she’s allegedly seeing Chace Crawford, which I just can’t forgive.
At first glance, this month’s Seventeen is a winner. The cover girl is Victoria Justice, who is totally cute and, from what I can tell, actually somewhat talented. I was slightly less excited about her presence on its glossy cover spread, though, when I saw the excerpt quote “In high school I felt alone and isolated.” Like, seriously, if I had a dollar for every time I heard some hot, famous girl say that….
This month’s Seventeen cover was completely unlike any other I’ve ever seen. You see, normally the covers include one headline about how to look CUTE!, another about how to look NATURALLY PRETTY, and one that’s included to entice scandal-seeking teens (previous examples: “The Real Deal About Porn.” )
Nothing makes me happier than seeing Leighton Meester’s (unbelievably beautiful) face on the cover of a magazine. I mean, she’s not only one of the best-looking and most stylish (minus that whole weird, lacy jumpsuit debacle) people in Hollywood, she’s also one of the most underrated.
The editors at Seventeen Magazine probably have more holiday spirit than your crazy neighbor who keeps his Christmas decorations and manger scene up (and lit) all year round. If my internship there taught me one thing, it's this: the December/January holiday bonanza of an issue is more crucial than every fashion magazine's September issue combined.
Seventeen magazine is supposed to inspire and mold the teens of this fine country into virtuous women, yes? So is anyone else incredibly worried that the November cover girl is none other than, Ke$ha, the hot mess who doesn't value oral hygeine?
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for Justin Bieber's music. And I know I'm not the only one -- earlier this month, his "Baby" video became the most watched YouTube video of all time, with over 271 MILLION views to date. There's just something about his sweetly girlish voice and danceable beats that make his songs infectious.
Continuing its industry-leading efforts to provide strong role models to its female readers, Seventeen once again chose a winner for this month's cover: Barbados' own marijuana maven, Rihanna. Nothing like trashing hotel rooms and smoking illicit substances to inspire girls to be their best and make their dreams a reality.