Check out this awesome Operation Beautiful photo I received today. The notes posted in a high school bathroom after an assembly on bullying.
Speaking of girls…
While doing research for the second Operation Beautiful book, I stumbled upon a startling fact. Most pre-teen and teen magazines’ content breaks down as follows: 1/3 fashion; 1/3 dating advice; and 1/3 beauty tips.
672 ways to look pretty for spring? Flat abs and a great butt? The best guy advice EVER? Amazing hair EVERYDAY?! My intellectual horizons are being expanded by just looking at the cover.
Career or college advice; self-esteem boosting tips; advice for dealing with emotional situations like frenemies, dating abuse, or bullying; world news; and other important intellectual subjects make up a very small percentage of the articles. Fortunately, I think this percentage is increasing, but slowly.
That’s why I was SO excited to discover Kiki magazine – “a magazine for girls with style and substance.”
Look! REAL girls on the cover! How cool is that?! I wish women’s magazines would follow suit.
I got a free issue of Kiki during an Operation Beautiful event, and I loved it so much! Kiki “is a magazine for girls who love life, appreciate creativity, and recognize good ideas. A Kiki reader thinks for herself, has her own look, and is on her way to being a confident, strong, and smart young woman. She’s a girl with style and substance!” I like Kiki because it still talks about fashion and beauty (which, of course, pre-teen girls are interested in) but in a smart, fun way – not a demeaning, Thin Ideal kind of way.
Here’s some of the articles in the issue that I picked up (it was a movie-themed issue):
- A piece about Angels, a store in London that produces all the costumes and accessories for major motion pictures like Harry Potter, Braveheart, and Star Wars.
- A photo history of iconic movie fashion
- Step-by-step guide to knitting your own hat
- How to make a flip book
- How to process film
- A look into the city of Brussels, Belgium and why the city is important socially and politically
- A piece about Olympic sports, including a coloring page in which you can design a speedskater’s outfit (COOL!!)
- Recipes with a section that requires the girls do conversion math to figure out the ingredient portions
- Tips on how to organize your underwear drawer so you can actually find stuff (I actually did this after reading the article)
- Fun word-based games
Pretty cool, huh? Most of all, I enjoyed the fact that the models were all clearly ‘real girls.’ No photoshopping. No gobs of make-up. Just beautifully unique girls. What an awesome message to send out.
Edited to add: A lot of people are commenting that this magazine can’t replace Seventeen for older teens. The truth is that the average reader of Seventeen magazine is more like 11 – 13 than 17. By the time a girl is 17, she is reading Cosmo (“100 ways to make your man moan in bed”). Kiki is intended for 8 – 12 year olds. Another magazine, New Moon, is also a good alternative for younger teens.
I recently noticed Kiki in Earthfare, but you can also subscribe just like any other magazine.
What magazines or books positively influenced you as a girl (or boy)? I really, really loved Sassy magazine. Anyone else remember Sassy?!
Oh, the 1990s. I miss you so much.