Teen Vogue magazine is one of the best selling teenage magazines that girls in America buy. A typical magazine focused on the latest celebrity gossip, fashion style and of course beauty. Here are two images of the front cover, the left one with Chloe Grace Moretz and the other one Selena Gomez. Both of these two girls are very famous and most teenage girls adore. But we see that they have definitely been photoshopped and a lot of makeup has been added. Their skin is very clear with no blemishes what so ever. All their features are what most teenage girls want. They both seem to be wearing very feminine clothing, we see Chloe is seen wearing a top with various shades of pink, purple and white. On the other hand Selena wearing red sleeves with pink hearts all over them making her look very innocent. The clothes they are wearing make it seem like they are still very young and innocent.
In the magazines they usually teach us what we should say to our crush, how we should approach our parents with a decision, how to manage time which is very helpful to most people. Some magazines have photos which haven’t been retouched, this means we can see and relate to that person without thinking badly of ourself. But when they give us pointers on how to wear makeup with tutorials or how to dress for your first date, it represents girls as not being able to do anything for ourselves. It teaches us that we should be doing what others tell us to, we shouldn’t make any decisions on ourselves because they’re probably wrong. We should be doing what they say in the magazine because everyone else is doing it too, so we will look cool, we will fit in, we will look like our celebrity idol.
Teenage girls are affected by this because when they see these girls on the cover and think I want to be like her, I want to buy whatever clothes she’s wearing, I want the makeup that she is wearing. They see the models in the magazine and think to themselves that they want to be that skinny and tall but according to America’s Mental health Channel, Healthy Place, today’s fashion models weigh 23% less than the average female, and a young woman between the ages of 18-34 has a 7% chance of being as slim as a catwalk model and a 1% chance of being as thin as a supermodel. However, 69% of girls in one study said that magazine models influence their idea of the perfect body shape. Magazines are very good at promoting companies products, we see Selena’s perfect face and her defined eyebrows and her fierce eyes. Girls want to look like this, so they buy the magazine to find out what products made these girls look so flawless. Girls will now go out and buy these products that the magazine promotes which makes us believe that we will have a glowing face just like our idols. We are told that the clothes that they wear because they are fashionable, expensive and everyone wears them. Teenage girls need to be more confident about ourselves, we need to stand out. Magazines like these put others who don’t want to fit in and be themselves down, as they tell us what we should wear and what we shouldn’t.
Society see us all the same as if we’re in the same group because we like to wear the same clothes as everyone, we like to do our hair just like each other, teenage girls like to follow trends and that’s what we do. They see us like sheep and we’re just following one another, one of the main reasons we are influenced is because of celebrities. Society think we are making poor decisions of what we are doing with our life because we seem to be doing whatever our idol is doing.
I think the magazines should have more untouched photos, we can relate to them and we won’t feel pressured or intimidated at how they look. The products should stay true to what they actually do and not what photoshop can also help with. Fashion sense should cover a range of different people, there can be cheaper things and more expensive things. A range of different sized models for magazines, this would definitely make teenage girls feel more comfortable.
Many magazines create images of women that don’t really exist by using computer-modified compilations of various body parts and seven out of ten women felt angrier and more depressed following the viewing of fashion model images. Magazines are one of the worst ways to represent teenage girls and since there are so many viewers of magazines, it must affect many teenager girls.