Seventeen Magazine is sponsoring a $10,000 scholarship contest. On the surface, it seems the winning girl will be picked by the essay she writes on what makes her “pretty amazing.” However, applicants must also submit two photos of themselves, and according to the fine print of the official rules, “All eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel consisting of Seventeen’s editors who will select a group of semi-finalists based on the following criteria: appearance (50%); passion (50%).”
You are setting a fine example for young girls everywhere, Seventeen. I stumbled upon this scholarship while digging through ways to offset the $55,000 price tag that comes with my school. $10,000 is a lot of money, and I find it absolutely shameful that you are rewarding girls for their looks and not the talents they’ve developed through hard work. What kind of message do you think you’re sending?
Allow me to help you. The message is: “Sure, you can be the most passionate, amazing girl in the country, but if we don’t think you’re attractive enough for our cover, you’re not getting that money.” Well done, Seventeen. You’re doing a really stellar job in your efforts to show girls that appearance is not what’s most important. Your hypocrisy is obvious, and you should be ashamed.