They Make Me Feel Insecure

They Make Me Feel Insecure

I, like many other teenage girls, have a subscription to Seventeen magazine. I love the great information it has about health, fashion, and boys (<3), but lately I’ve been increasingly upset by the appearance of the stick-thin models that grace the pages of ads and fashion pages. Most girls probably don’t even think about it, but to me, putting bony, lanky women with seemingly “perfect” bodies in magazines is a big mistake. To me, its no worse than subliminal messaging. An ordinary, overweight girl such as myself will look at the outfit the woman is wearing and that might be the end of it. But you can’t look at the outfit without looking at the model. The image, much like a subliminal message, has been put into your mind, and you didn’t even realize it.

Take the one incident of looking at one page, and multiply that times 90, or however many pages are in the magazine. And this is just one magazine, and one media outlet. Over the course of the year, how many times will you look at the “outfits” in the magazine? How many times will the picture of perfection be burned into your mind like a brand? This is an awful thing for magazines like Seventeen and Cosmogirl to do to young women. Seventeen has a dumb thing called “The Body Peace Project,” but I find it really hard to make peace with my less-than-ideal body when the same magazine that swears to help insecure girls actually worsens it by adding models and stars like Taylor Momsen and Kim Kardashian to the “I Signed the Body Peace Treaty!” list. Since when did Kim Kardashian ever need to sign a body peace treaty?

One day I will write Seventeen an angry letter expressing my feelings that I’m sure many other girls share. But for now, I will continue subscribing it and putting up with its crap as I read it while eating potato chips.

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