Even 14-year-olds know Seventeen isn’t your go-to glossy for images of “real” girls. But it hasn’t always been this way. Feministing noticed that earlier today Bitch Media Facebooked a side-by-side of a Seventeen cover from 1973 and a recent “get the look” shopping story, and it perfectly represents the magazine’s sad deterioration.
On the 1973 cover, a young Navajo girl is shown unscathed by Photoshop and wearing a demure outfit that looks to be from her own wardrobe. On the right the magazine showcases a range of “tribal” fashions incorrectly labeled as “Navajo,” which look perfect for chilling stage-side at Coachella while your headdress-clad boyfriend gets a pedicure in the Smirnoff Ice tent. Obviously 2010 wasn’t fashion’s greatest year, but recent magazine covers (*cough* PharrElle *couch*) show the appropriation trend is still alive and kicking. And Feministing pointed out that Googling “Seventeen magazine 2013″ on Images brings up even more visually alarming results.
It’s not just the race issue either. Whatever happened to magazines offering prizewinning fiction and super summer jobs? No wonder kids these days are all into Beezing.