Charlotte Teen Challenges Seventeen Magazine's Message

May 9, 2013

Alice Wilder's selfie.

Fashion magazines are under a lot of scrutiny for the distorted view of beauty they portray.  Photo editors often significantly airbrush the imperfections of models and celebrities.  There’s growing concern this contributes to body image and other self-esteem problems in impressionable young girls.

And then there’s the “advice” they give girls to improve their body image.  Seventeen-year-old Alice Wilder, a senior at Northwest School for the Arts, found the advice in “Seventeen” so silly that she decided to follow it for one month.  She blogged about her experience for a group called SPARK and also spoke to WFAE's Marshall Terry about it.