We’re back with our monthly teen magazine roundup to highlight what’s trending and what’s next in the youth space. Both Seventeen and Teen Vogue’s March issues spotlight some of the top talent and most fashionable looks of the season, but they also address heavy topics such as dating abuse and sexual harassment.
Carly Rae Jepsen graces the cover of Seventeen this month. The international pop star and new brand ambassador for Candie’s embodies the notion that through hard work, confidence, and sometimes luck, you can succeed. She encourages other girls not to give up either and to stick with what they’re passionate about. As the celebrity judge for Seventeen’s third annual Pretty Amazing Contest, Carly Rae hopes to highlight other young women’s accomplishments as well. Seventeen celebrates real girls year round and the latest issue places emphasis on them with a spread on its Style Council – a group of girls who each have a unique sense of fashion – to pictures of readers showing off their personal style.
Speaking of fashion, the magazine includes spring must haves and prom inspiration. There’s even a spread with indie band Walk the Moon with fashion that rocks, and a feature on bloggers, DJs, and designers who are sure to be a source of inspiration. Readers can also find icons throughout the magazine that direct them to additional content on Seventeen.com.
The most notable part of the March issue, however, is the abundance of articles about dating, a hot topic that Millennials are redefining. Seventeen helps Millennial girls navigate this complex territory with content about meeting a guy online – it doesn’t always mean you’ll be Catfished – and tips for decoding texts. The magazine even discusses the benefits of having a best guy friend who you can turn to for an honest male’s perspective. But dating can have its dangers as Seventeen points out. A whopping 1.5 million students in the U.S. experience dating violence every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The issue includes horrific examples of this phenomenon and offers warning signs and ways to stop this problem.
Chloë Grace Moretz rocks the cover of Teen Vogue’s 10th Anniversary March issue. The actress, style icon, and Aeropostale brand ambassador who will be starring in the remake of Carrie, discusses how you sometimes have to prove yourself in order to achieve your dreams. She had to so in order to get this difficult part and inspires fans to have this work ethic as well.
As usual, Teen Vogue is packed with the most fashion forward looks. ‘60s inspired style, including black & white, color blocking, and graphic prints are in this spring. The magazine also highlights Sasha and Malia Obama as style influencers and luxury looks for less with Diane von Furstenberg’s swimwear collection for Roxy. Style also includes décor with a feature on room design as a form of self-expression. Interior designer and blogger Aimee Song provides tips including using bold bedding and doodling on a chair with Sharpies.
Teen Vogue is also very interactive; readers can use the Teen Vogue Insider app or their mobile browser to unlock extra content and get shopping deals. They can even play the Teen Vogue Me Girl mobile game to virtually experience what it’s like to intern at the magazine.
Like Seventeen, Teen Vogue also highlights heavy subjects including sexual harassment. More than half of female students in 7th-12th grade are sexually harassed – either verbally or physically – at school. This also includes girls harassing each other and emphasizing one another’s insecurities. Teen Vogue advises students on how to handle this tough topic and what to do if they witness it as well. Both magazines recognize common challenges that teens face, spark conversations about these serious subjects, and provide advice to help combat them.