A couple weeks ago, I noticed a post on a Penelope Cruz quote about teen magazines and it made me think about Seventeen magazine in particular.
Here is the quote from Penelope:
“I would close down all those teenage magazines that encourage young girls to diet. Who says that to be pretty you have to be thin? Some people look better thin and some don’t. There is almost a standard being created where only thin is acceptable. The influence of those magazines on girls as young as 13 is horrific.”
Seventeen magazine has a spread every month on a new workout to try and ways to eat healthier, which seems to be harmlessly “promoting healthy teens.”
But then just seeing all those tips and workouts, and how often you should workout made me think, “Wait, am i not doing something right? Should i have a more sculpted stomach? Am i not just fine how i am?”
And then ironically, they have a “body peace” article about how girls should sign up and make a treaty to be happy with their bodies, just the way they are.
How hypocritical, to have a fitness article and workout guide insinuating you should change the way your body looks, then a body peace treaty saying how you are beautiful the way you are. It seems awful confusing, especially for teenagers who are already confused enough about themselves.
What do you think about these teen magazines, Lovelies?