Questions To Consider

  • How has Teen Vogue changed over the years?
  • Why do you think Teen Vogue made such a radical change?
  • Do you find Teen Vogue’s articles more or less interesting than before? Why?

What We Think

For way too long, teen magazines were considered nothing more than a master class for girls in flighty fashion and fluffy gossip. In truth, they’ve always been more than that (RIP Sassy magazine of the 90s!), but massive credit nonetheless goes to Teen Vogue for completely rejiggering the genre since the 2016 election cycle.

As issues of race, sexism, and privilege have re-exploded into our national conversation, no outlet has done a better job of contextualizing it all for young people than Teen Vogue. The Black Lives Matter movement, criminal justice reform, domestic terrorism, healthcare access — these issues affect young people today and Teen Vogue has become the place to learn about and discuss them. Sure, it throws down beauty tips and fashion suggestions, too, but not like any teen outlet before it. The Teen Vogue take tends to be radically inclusive and totally refreshing.

Teen Vogue is also doing a bang-up job of covering intersectionality, thereby introducing the important concept to its young audience. Case in point: the awesome article it ran on actress Laverne Cox, in which she discusses how her experiences as a trans woman, a black person, and a woman of color all commingle.

Though the magazine ceased being a print magazine, the digital outlet is going strong, and we hope it won’t go dark any time soon. Because right now, this world needs the bright light Teen Vogue is shining on today’s most timely issues and ideas more than ever. — Audrey D. Brashich

Where We Saw It

Teen Vogue, April 10, 2018