Seventeen Magazine: Get Your Best Bikini Body

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Back in July 2011, Seventeen Magazine released a cover featuring Vampire Diaries Star, Nina Dobrev. Could she be showing off her body anymore!?! I’m all for self-love and confidence (I mean this is what this blog is all about, duh) , but COME ON SEVENTEEN! Millions and millions of girls (65% to be exact) show eating disorder habits like skipping meals, counting calories, and eliminating carbs. Does that sound healthy to you?! Does putting a tremendously “skinny” girl on the cover of your FRONT PAGE seem like a good idea to you? NOOOOOOO. Girls are already stressed, depressed, and all those fun feelings because of magazine companies like you, Seventeen! Stop trying to encourage your readers (whom are mostly teenage girls) that they aren’t good enough as they are now. How would you feel if someone came up to you and said, “Hey! Any self confidence you have, get rid of it. If you do A, B, and C (which are all unhealthy by the way but still do it), you can have a Cute Butt, Flat Abs, and Killer Legs in just 2 weeks!”images.jpeg

Sadly, as we all know, teenage girls will believe ANYTHING they hear, especially when its coming from a FANTASTIC, AMAZING, AND TRUSTWORTHY magazine company like Seventeen. So girls, DON’T BELIEVE WHAT ANY MAGAZINE IS TELLING YOU TO FIX!!!!!!! Yeah I know it’s corny but, You are Beautiful Just the Way you are.


Nelson, Jennifer. Airbrushed Nation: The Lure & Loathing Of Women’s Magazine

Gane, Mary. “Changing Cultural Symbols Of Femininity: An Investigation Of Products Advertised In Seventeen Magazine, 1945 To 2005.”

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This song fits perfectly for my blog. Other than Christina Aguilera’s breathtaking voice, this song is amazing because of the meaning behind it. The words “I am beautiful no matter what they say. And words can’t bring me down,” is just so motivational. It shows that no matter what, she sees her inner beauty despite what everyone and everything around her might be saying.

Demi Lovato is such an advocate for young girls around the world. After struggling with an eating disorder,herself, that stem from insecurity, she encourages girls to go against society and be confident for who they really are; this song explains exactly that.

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Soooo…How Do I Love Myself?

When the media is constantly throwing these “perfect bodies” in our faces, its hard to see our true inner beauty. So you may ask, “How do I learn to love myself?”

Well you can start off by realizing how corrupt these magazines are! By sexualizing women on their front pages, Seventeen is manipulating teenage girls into thinking their not “normal.” What really is “normal” then? Well, according to Seventeen, “normal” refers to the outside beauty and bodies of these celebrities. Ever heard of inner beauty…??? Once upon a time, before the 1970s, traditional “feminism” referred to a woman’s inner beauty. But because all magazines care about is their precious money and businesses, they advertise women as objects rather than people. This TOTALLY transforms the purity and innocence of feminism. Seventeen puts headlines that only describe a woman’s physical traits rather than her inner ones, which makes girls only “feel good” when they “look good.” So yeah Seventeen it’s pretty hard to love ourselves when you’re telling us we aren’t good enough. f97e44a7-b342-457a-8424-8a5a4bc63fb3_560_420.jpg

So throw away those toxic magazines. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I’m amazing and beautiful. There’s no one like me.” Say it a million times if you have to (I mean Seventeen only advertises a million girls…it’s only fair) everyday if that’s what it takes. Convince YOURSELF that YOU ARE ENOUGH no matter what anyone says. Notice and recognize your indivudality and embrace that you’re not Nina Debrov, Beyonce, or anyone else… YOU’RE YOU which is perfectly okay. Discover who you really are even if it takes you your whole life. No one said this was going to be easy. It’s an ongoing process that will become easier and easier everyday.

Nelson, Jennifer. Airbrushed Nation: The Lure & Loathing Of Women’s Magazine

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“Body Peace Treaty”…What’s That?!?!??!

As you can clearly see in my last post, Seventeen magazine doesn’t send out a healthy body image. So as a response to this totally INSANE AND UNREAL “GOAL,” 14 year old Julia Bluhhm reacted setting up an online petition called, “The Body Peace Treaty,” back in 2012. From the way Seventeen handled it, you’d think they’d take it sooooooo seriously. They promised a million things (which they didn’t do by the way) like eliminating the use of photoshop and promising to “celebrate every kind of beauty!!!!” YAYY !

Well, not Yay.

In July 2014, just two years later, the magazine features “Pretty Little Liar” star, Troian Bellisario who talks about her own struggle with an eating disorder. She opens up to young girls about how unrealistic images displayed right in front of her face, caused her to believe that she HAD to be like them…that she wasn’t enough. I mean its pretty hard not to feel like crap when you have these “PERFECT” celebrities showing over their “FLAT TUMMIES!!!!” Anyway, completely disregarding Troian’s emotional story, Seventeen has the nerve to put the headline “GET AN INSANE BODY,” on the SAME. EXACT. MAGAZINE. Hey, just when you thought that was bad…did you forget about the infamous “Body Peace Treaty?” No! Of course not because they made it such a big deal (just to promote themselves of course) just to go against it anyway. 

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“Seventeen Magazine Has Agreed To A ‘Body Peace Treaty’ In Response to 14-Year-Old Activist Julia Bluhm’s Online Petition.”