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A teen magazine, summarized. by AikoTakada A teen magazine, summarized. by AikoTakada
I am absolutely fed up with modern pop culture and it's definitions of beautiful.
So I decided to make a perfectly summarized version of Seventeen Magazine, which caters to young, weak-willed girls through the ages of eleven to twenty. And even younger, and even older.
The photos are actual cutouts of the magazine, the girl with the shorts was in their section where they showed "real girls" just like you and I.
This "real girl" happens to be 5' 8" and a size 1.

So there you go ladies, we're all ugly.
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Jaquina Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Really good!!!
Thats really the whole stuff, which is written in some teenie-maganzine s these days.. :(
Wish there would be a GOOD magazine for punks or some better things than:
-make up
-sex
-stars
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alchemyhearts Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
*favouriting*

It makes a really good point!
Infact, I was looking through one of my teen magazines the other day, and I seen an article advertising 'free photo airbrushing' and another one with a link for people to rate if you're pretty or not.
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Hyp-hen-ated Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I disagree with you, though i love your picture... seventeen actually helps girls appreciate themselves no matter what size they are... its the only magazine i've seen that caters to every size and show wat curvier girls should wear.

Also, i think people should be more carefull in saying that skinny isn't beautiful. Some people are skinny, not by choice, any eating disorder, or careful dieting, but thats just how your body was made. I would know.
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I actually used to read Seventeen religiously for several years, I'm not just hopping on the teen-mag-protesting bandwagon.

Just last week I went through my old Seventeen mags looking for more collage material, and it just kills me how they wax poetic about loving your bodies when the models they use really don't represent a very wide body range. Every now and then they'll throw in a chunky girl to appear equitable or something. Their standard models aren't anorexic, but they're not a very diverse or accurate representation of what readers look like. Skinny is fine as long as you're not deathly thin. But it's not fine to see thin, slender figure after thin, slender figure in a magazine that's supposed to cater to girls whose bodies are undergoing lots of changes- the magazine is targeted to middle-school aged children as well as older teens.

And just the way the articles about grooming and appearance are written... they seem to be advocating improvements that they assume the reader to want according to modern beauty standards: small pores, bright eyes, well-done makeup, etc. Even the pages in the beginning that showed girls of various hights and builds advocated "flattering" clothing, i.e. clothing that hid parts of their bodies to make them appear to have the proportions that are really pushed in the media and pop culture. If she had big thighs, they'd dress her in something that hid her thighs. If she had a flat chest, they'd dress her in something that enhanced her boobs. If she was thin- and like you said, thin isn't bad- they'd make her look fuller and curvier. So even the magazine itself has treated natural thinness as negative.

I realized that reading these magazines made me, as a tall person with unusual features and proportions, feel fat and ugly and strange-looking, and they gave me the urge to dress a certain way and do my makeup to hide features in my face (which didn't help, because I knew that I was faking something that I couldn't really be). I think the only useful thing I got from Seventeen was from an article encouraging readers to clean their bellybuttons, which I still do. Other than that, it made me kinda paranoid about my physical appearance and eroded a good chunk of self esteem. Plus I just couldn't relate to so much of what's in it- the 20-something celebrities on the covers, the mass consumerism advocacy, the REALLY poorly written articles trying to dumb down complex issues, the adult models.

And then artistically, it just got boring. It started looking like the same styles and photos over and over and over.

When we just didn't renew the subscription, I stopped reading it and stopped caring after a while. I felt a lot better about myself when I wasn't reading articles that made me think about how I looked. Basically, when you step away from that magazine and all those like it for a while, coming back to it makes you realize how tritely and hypocritically it's written. When I was a big Seventeen reader, I convinced myself that it was full of positive messages because it said that it was. When I looked at it again with fresh eyes, I saw that it was diluted, contradictory, and really not all that interesting. I also realized that I was not fat or ugly, just that the models looked the same.

Recently saw a girl who couldn't have been more than 11 reading this in the airport; some TV celeb, "cute clothes," advice on guys, and an article on how to get "flat abs & a great butt" were advertised on the cover. And this little twig of a girl was reading the abs and butt article. Not sure how positive that is.
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Hyp-hen-ated Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
"And then artistically, it just got boring. It started looking like the same styles and photos over and over and over"

I agree with that part. Apart from that, your experience with the magazine is justified, but depends on the person. [I never even pay attention the size or ethnicity of the models...(unless they point it out) i only look at the clothing.]

For example, im quite skinny with no curves and im pretty flat-chested.(and im not anorexic, in fact i eat more than most of my good-sized friends) I love that the mag shows me what clothes could make me look curvier, as it makes me feel better about myself when my figure is flattered.

I used to feel quite self concious and hated my body, but reading the mag's beauty tips and applying them greatly increased my confidence, and eventually helped me to love my body.

so while it eroded your self esteem, It built mine. I feel better about my self. and now i dont go home crying everytime someone calls me "bones".
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Chromaliving Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
It's a cool idea, but I think it would be better if the magazine had less white space on the front page.
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shelurvezhim Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
love it, great job(:
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Blobickle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
You are very well spoken, and I love how you do it in a satirical way, describing some of the media that has such a pressure and force upon society, unfortunately. I believe you are very gifted in awareness and understanding, and that is a true gift that many do not possess or ever use.
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gaelicangel Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
I'm 15 and weigh about 140 lbs... don't remember what size I am though. I'm relatively pretty, though, because I AM a teenage girl, I feel that I need to lose weight to be pretty.

But my best friend is bigger than me, but she's absolutely gorgeous. She's my prettiest friend, but that (like someone said above) isn't what alot of kids see. They focus on her stomach.

It just makes me sad.

I love this piece. It's in my favorites.
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Haha, pshht, I'm 14 and weigh 147.
But I'm also athletically built and over 5'8".
I wear size 12 in pants. Fine enough. But people associate anything over a size 6 with "OMG UR FAT."
Bah. Girls should have more fat on the belly than guys, anyway. Protects the baby-making organs. :D
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LuvaStudios Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005  Student
beautiful. just, beautiful. how old is this "real girl"?? paris hilton and seventeen magazines are the devil. sad, sad, sad.. yea, that IS hot. fuckers.
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Most of those girls are from about 14-18, I guess.
Which is an understandable age group for a teen magazine... but the models are obviously similar-looking... errrghhhh.
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RockFaerie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005   Traditional Artist
YES! YES HAHAHAHA I think we should ALL make something like this and just pull it out at a hair salon or something and contently stare and inner blank pages.

wow, i haven't been here for years.
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
hahaha :D
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Darkend-Tigress Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2005
yay for us ugly bastards. Wtf.. like 99.9% of those images are digitally inhanced with pohotshop anyway the models arn't even that skinny and good looking LOL
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sharkaholic Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
very nice work! trhis is excelent! definitely a fave! i love it! thanku for it! u rock sooooo much! i'd love the day that these magazines discover the error of their ways!
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Amadrierith Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
SIZE ONE?!?! JEBUS!!!!!!!
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dustekdustek Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
love the idea for sure! fav dear :D
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imapioneer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
FAV FAV FAV FAV FAV FAV FAV FAV FAV
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teh-smaug Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
hallelujah.
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TheNessandTsuki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
Your expression's to bleak!!! It would have been a bit more effective (in my eyes... Which bleed) if you had dressed up pretty yourself and smiled... Not intensley mind you... Just, act the part.


But the magazine... lol... I love that!!!

I read Seventeen... I like the articles about Drama and stuff... Then the embarrassing stories!!! "I farted on my Boyfriend!! AAAAHHH!!!"

Mad props home doggie!!!
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
I actually was thinking of smearing lipstick all over my mouth, but the only lipstick is my mom's... and... ew.... it's weird, I can share drinks and stuff with friends, but family weirds me out O_O
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TheNessandTsuki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
XD I get what you mean. That would have been awesome.

Ohh I am a chicky with lipstick!! I am perrrrtttyy!!!

... It's awesome the way it is...

Would not want you to risk getting some freaky allergy to the stuff and breaking out in hideous boils... I used my mum's eyeliner once? Not pretty... My eyes burned for a week... (A 3 day week)



... Have you tried *drumroll* MARKER? It works wonders!! ^__________^... Makes me break out though ^^;

*sigh* I'll shut up while I am still ahead.



Happy Days!!
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DragonessHeat1521 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
that is exactly right--I hate them all (and yet I still read them *stabs self*)
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
my racist grandma subscribes to them for me, I flip through them and then put them in the recycling bin :P
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DragonessHeat1521 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
haha yeah...I do enjoy the embarassing moments though :D it's always fun to laugh at others misfortunes
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NihonNerd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
XD *standing ovation* Very lovely. ^^ HOW anorexia can be beautiful to ANYONE has never failed to baffle me. ><
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
even more disturbing, there was a girl in that section who was 6" and a size 0.
Now, my friend Abby is 6"1' and skinny, but not so skinny that you could fold her in a wallet. And Abby plays basketball.
What really pissed me off, is that in that same issue, there was ONE overweight girl- and her picture was the smallest, and at the bottom of the page.
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NihonNerd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
Ugh, god I hate when they do that.....That's why, despite my complete LOATHING for Hilary Duff, I love her, cause she's a little chubby, but she still makes it!! ^o^

Yeah, I'm like, exactly 5 foot, and underweight, but not anorexic, but my Ane-san (Big Sister) is considerable larger than I, and she's still gorgeous. I think a magazine should publish overweight people who still look quite nice. It'd be a better inspiration, ne?
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AikoTakada Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
I'm 5' 8" and am probably about a size 7 or 9, I don't know, but I'm average weight.... but that girl in the magazine, exactly the same height as I, but sheebus, size 1.......
Hilary Duff = :chainsaw:
One of the prettiest girls I know is overweight, but she's so gorgeous still *_* But no one ever says she looks nice, they immediately thing large waist = icky and dumb. I am ashamed to be part of this generation :cries:
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NihonNerd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
urgh, ditto....our generation has been overrun by ugly half naked men rapping about and with stick thin completely naked whores. >< Where did all the heavy metal go!?!?! TTOTT
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