Monday, 23 January 2012

The day I was in Teen Vogue


Anyone who has been published in a newspaper or magazine at some point will know that buzz of seeing your name in print, no matter how small the text attributed to you is. I've known the thrill before due to the odd book review or article about vintage clothes, but never before have I been totally unaware that I would be featured until I noticed my name on the letters page!

So, it was a nice surprise as I sat drinking my coffee one morning this weekend to stumble across a comment I had left on one of Teen Vogue's Facebook photos a while back, right there on the letters page of my favourite magazine, an international symbol of young fashion.


Just in case you can't see, what I said was: "I was disappointed to see Alexa on the cover. She is very fashionable, but she's too skinny. When will the magazine have a curvy girl like Adele or America Ferrera on the cover?". Now before the Alexa disciples rip me apart, I have nothing against her personally. All I was saying is, if you look through the past Teen Vogue covers, all of the girls are slender, often insubstantial things. I usually rather like them nevertheless, and I understand that there is such a thing as the editor's aesthetic, but I just think there could be a few more role models for young girls who have talent AND a normal dress size.

Who would you like to see on the cover?

18 comments:

Angela Leberte said...

oh how exciting!!! I would die to open one of my favorite magazines and see my name haha! And i totally agree, I adore the show Mad Men just because they show all these beautiful women who are healthy sizes. Its taught me to love my body, because healthy is a milllion times more beautiful then anything else.

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Nicole said...

Ohh how lucky!!! Thats amazing!!! :) Did they ask you to put that in or was it just like you cam upon it? :)

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Anja said...

I second your comment! Definitely all those magazines out there need more curvy girls on the cover. My choice would be Caro Emerald - she is an amazing singer, lovely and has amazing style!

Anonymous said...

congrats alys so proud of you i screamesd when i saw it much to the shock of the rest of WHsmiths =) xx E

Alys said...

Thanks everyone! And Nicole, I had no idea at all, I just came across it while waiting for a bacon sandwich and practically screamed!

Purushu Arie said...

Honest opinion!
Congrats for being there :)

Bailey said...

For some reason Alexa Chung irks me. That is totally not my personality to randomly feel that way about someone, but it's just... something about her. (Just thought I'd share that personal thought! Ha!)

Anyway, very cool!

dana said...

Congrats...so exciting! And I totally agree about cover stars, especially for a teen magazine!

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Kate said...

Well done for being in it! I agree that usually the girls on covers of Teen Vogue and many similar magazines are too skinny and so could give out a negative message, but I do adore Alexa's style and think she deserves a place on the cover.
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Julia Topaz said...

I mean, yes, teen fashion magazines perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards, but I think Alexa is a pretty appropriate choice- she's the epitome of a style icon, and I think her weight (regardless of what it is) has less to do with it than the fact that she has amazing style. I would be more prone to agree with your comment if they put a skinny girl who had no style on the cover just because she was skinny (which, don't get me wrong, they frequently do). Just in this particular case, I'm pro-Alexa (who also happens to be slender).

*PS I'm not an Alexa fanatic or anything, haha

Julia Topaz said...

PPS Congrats on getting your comment in!

Urban Fashionisto said...

I agree! but, Alexa is a fashion icon, so I could see why she would be on the cover. I'm honestly tired of celebrities being on the cover. I think editors need to go back to using models.
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Elizabeth said...

Good for you!! I'm glad you wrote in. She IS ridiculously skinny... And that's probably why she looks good in everything. I think one of the important things about fashion is knowing what looks good on you... It allows you to be a lot more in tune with your body, and makes it a much more individual thing!


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Fabliha said...

wow thats amazing :D

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Anonymous said...

What do you mean by normal dress size? We are all born thin. Nobody was born fat. You are fat because you inflicted that to yourself. So don't blame the media for not using your "ideal body size" in the magazine covers because fat is not normal. So if you're saying that thin women are not "the real women" then you are the same as the people discriminating fat people. You are discriminating thin people as well. If you think thin is healthy, how about obesity.

Anonymous said...

"thin is unhealthy" I just corrected it.

Alys said...

Well, Anonymous, if you'd had the courage to put your name I would have liked to have a conversation with you, but as it is, I'll put my response here.

I'm not saying "we need to put fat people on the cover", I'm just saying some varying sizes would be good as opposed to the same UNhealthy-looking girls who are not always great role models for teenagers. You can't deny that the magazine industry has perpetuated and worsened the culture of pressure on how we look, and unattainable standards of perfection are simply not helping. And don't tell me they ARE attainable, because the diets celebrities go on are just plain dangerous.

Your argument is also flawed, because it contains a false dichotomy: you've restricted the options to thin people and obese people. Are you saying that if someone isn't size zero then they are fat, and hence shouldn't be on a magazine cover?

I'm sorry if you can't understand why I felt I had to comment. maybe next time post as yourself and we can actually discuss this and try to see the other person's point of view.

martha said...

I'm bored of the skinny/curvy talk. I want to see a REGULAR SIZE 8/10 (that is the healthy weight after all!!) petite pretty girl !!
She can even be someone found on the street, I don't need to see celebrities on the covers !
I don't like anorexic girls, but there is no way in hell I'd buy a magazine with a big lady on the cover.
Come on people. choose a size M, not S or L !Why does it have to be extremes ?