“Photographer Attempts to Save Lives After Deadly Explosion in Syria”. “Turkey Opened an “Orphan City” to Host 1,000 Syrian Refugees”. “6 Ways to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees”. Guess where these article titles come from? You would think perhaps the Guardian, IRIN or even Washington Post. When I think of the magazine, Vogue, I think of fashion, gossip and Pippa Middleton’s wedding. When I think of Teen Vogue, I think of the same only teen-aged.
I could not be more wrong. A cursory viewing of their front page reveals a variety of coverage that is anything but skin deep. Indeed, one of the categories you can browse it “news and politics”. It started seemingly with an op-ed against Donald Trump, which doubled-down on a commitment to the truth and a call to action. However, according to a recent Quartz article, “Teen Vogue, unlike Time or Newsweek, is drawing explicitly from a rich tradition of aggressive, opinionated, adversarial coverage of sexist white men”. Nilanjana Roy recently wrote on the Financial Times, “Teen Vogue’s generation of young women is far more confident about its ability to want both — political engagement, but also the thigh-high boots”.
It has recently turned its attention to the global refugee crisis. On April 13, it published a piece entitled, “The Refugee Crisis: Everything You Need To Know”. It is good. Very good. And the readers it reached are perhaps unrivalled by any other mainstream publication. Magazine coverage that engages young, female, millennial readers in such issues as how children fleeing Boko Haram are denied access to education challenges all stereotypes about the next generation.
I’m on board Teen Vogue, especially when they promote getting development right.
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