How Artist Erica Magrey Turned '90s YM and Seventeen into Living Art

For Erica Magrey, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist, teen-girl magazines from the '80s and '90s were bibles, as they were for so many of us. So in her latest online art project, Vistas, Magrey explores "various gestures associated with femininity, sexuality, and positions of power" she learned from back issues of YM »4/09/15 4:50pm4/09/15 4:50pm


Hearst Magazines Is Going After Every Last Lady Millennial Reader

In a surprising development (at least it's surprising for those who didn't catch wind of the "reorganizing" Hearst did last week), Hearst announced Monday that they were giving Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles an additional job: she's now also editorial director of Seventeen, a change Hearst says is part of their… »9/29/14 3:40pm9/29/14 3:40pm

Why Does Seventeen Magazine Have a BMI Calculator? And Why Does It Say that Being Underweight Is Healthy?

It's pretty obvious that magazines for teenage girls are just grooming schools adult lady-mags—funneling impressionable teens neatly into the image-obsessed arms of Elle and Cosmo. I mean, okay, whatever. As much as it bugs me that women's "entertainment," from childhood, is institutionally wedded to this weird… »11/28/12 3:20pm11/28/12 3:20pm

Seventeen Magazine's New Photoshop Policy Is the Same As The Old Photoshop Policy

Seventeen has at last, in an oblique kind of way, responded to the controversy sparked in April when a 14-year-old from Maine started an online petition calling out the magazine's over-use of Photoshop. That petition, started by a middle school student named Julia Bluhm, quickly went viral and was signed by over… »7/06/12 1:00pm7/06/12 1:00pm

Seventeen Says Thanks But No Thanks To Teen's Photoshop Petition

Seventeen editor Ann Shoket met yesterday with Julia Bluhm, the 14-year-old reader who started an online petition to ask the magazine to curb its use of Photoshop. Although the magazine accepted the petition and its nearly 25,000 signatures when Bluhm went to deliver it in person yesterday, it appears Seventeen has no… »5/03/12 5:00pm5/03/12 5:00pm

Teenage Girls Want Seventeen to Chill Out on the Photoshopping

Can a 13-year-old girl convince Seventeen Magazine to commit to printing one "unaltered" photo spread per month? Maybe, actually! Julia Bluhm, the teenager behind the petition asking the magazine to showcase "regular girls that look like me in a magazine that's supposed to be for me," has collected almost… »4/30/12 7:00pm4/30/12 7:00pm

Freshmen 15 Doesn't Exist, Was Invented By Seventeen

Young people are now free to pursue a higher education without suffering from the crippling fear that they might gain a little weight. Researchers have proven that most college students don't gain the "Freshmen 15" — and that Seventeen is not your cool older sister. The magazine is more like the obnoxious older sister… »11/03/11 11:51pm11/03/11 11:51pm