'Teen Vogue' Panelists Tell It Like It Is

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We hate it when magazines are all distant and detached from their readers, which is why we think it is really good for society at large that Teen Vogue holds regular conversations with a socio-economically diverse group of its readers about things that really, really matter. For instance! The June-July 2007 issue — which will have to satisfy its readers for the two whooolle months they're toiling at Seeds of Peace camp or whatever the college admissions swamis are advocating these days — tackles:

Q: Is there such a thing as too thin?
Rachel S., 17: Theoretically, yes, but I think all the starlets that magazines say are too skinny are really attractive. When Jessica Simpson was superslim, you could count her ribs, I thought she was pretty. It's sexy to see bones.

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And!


Q: Will Hollywood become more accepting of full-figured actresses?
Rachel S.: America [Ferrara], Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah—they're not full-figured. They're fat.


Two things, Rachel S.:
1. If the crack team of Teen Vogue fact-checkers is doing its job, you are a year from the age at which you will find yourself a prime target for an act known around these parts as the "hate fuck." Don't say we didn't warn you.

2. We would totally love to offer you an internet TV show! The pay is crap, but think of the exposure! Especially after reading this:


My parents are supportive, but some of my friends' mothers aren't so nice. The moms will spend a lot of time at yoga or working out and they're skinnier than their daughters. Then they call their daughters fat.


Which makes us think you could have that real poor-little-shallow-girl potential that incredibly deep and psychologically complex viewers like us love, you know, in that totally voyeuristic way that also makes us love Teen Vogue. Wait, no, maybe not voyeuristic. Maybe "misanthropic."

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Earlier: 'Teen Vogue' Donates Funds To Help Treat Eating Disorders It Keeps Perpetuating

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DISCUSSION

daria1983-old
daria1983

As a person who had an eating disorder, I identify with these comments in a non-judgemental way. Body ideals are severely warped. To be honest, I too like the bony look still and yes, I think America et al are fat; I just don't say it ever. I always go into the whole "isn't it wonderful how they're showing normal bodies...." crap.

Yes, my mom called me fat. Yes, my mom was thinner than I was when I was their age. I am neither rich nor white FYI.

Don't judge them. They have a shitty road ahead of them. It's just unfortunate that what was the exception just 6 years ago is now the norm. I am 23 and have no recollection of other moms talking to their kids like this.