Seventeen Magazine then and now

Earlier today Bitch media posted this side-by-side image of Seventeen magazine in 1973 and in 2010. As you can see, the 1973 cover features a young Navajo woman with windblown hair, happily looking off camera, engaged in something going on around her. The 2010 spread — with the title “Navajo” — includes  a white woman in a “tribal” print sweater surrounded by more incorrectly-appropriated items. 

And this is what you can count on now on the the cover of Seventeen.

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What sticks out more than the overwhelming amount of white women and neon colors are the headlines. The magazine that offers one-dimensional and Eurocentric beauty advice marketed to teens used to be a little more robust. It went from profiling Native American women, telling the stories of single mothers, and offering up summer job ideas to helping you look cute, in a Taylor Swift kind of way.


Avatar Image Sesali wishes she was old enough to remember this Seventeen cover with the Fresh Prince on it.

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