Showing posts with label SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE. Show all posts

Friday, April 15, 2016


First Lady Michelle Obama

NEW YORK, April, 15, 2016 – Seventeen, the largest monthly teen media brand, today unveiled the May 2016 flip issue featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and two real girl winners of the Seventeen Better Make Room essay contest on one cover, which opens to a 11-page commencement section, and singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor on the other. This marks the first time that a First Lady has appeared on the cover of Seventeen, and inside the First Lady offers advice to the winners—and all Seventeen readers!—on preparing for college.

In support of the Better Make Room campaign, launched by the First Lady, Seventeen’s essay contest asked girls to write about how they plan on using a higher education to pursue their dreams and help their communities. The contest, which received hundreds of submissions, had two winners—Gemma Busoni, 17, of California, and Zaniya Lewis, 18, of New Jersey. Both received an all-expenses paid trip for themselves and a chaperone to Washington, D.C., where they met the First Lady and interviewed her alongside Seventeen editor-in-chief Michelle Tan. Each winner also took home a $10,000 grant provided by Microsoft.

For the interview, the First Lady shared a personal story about her own perseverance: “…when it was time for me to apply to colleges there were some counselors who said, ‘Maybe, with Princeton, you’re reaching a little high.’ And I thought, ‘You really don’t think I can do it?’ But here’s what I did: I decided to ignore the doubters. I plunged ahead and got in. I went on to Harvard Law School and every step of the way I used those doubting voices as motivation.”

Other quotes from the First Lady’s interview include:

On knowing what you want to be when you grow up: "I always tell people, the question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering. I’m still asking myself that question! What am I going to do when I leave here? How do I want to impact the world? I’ve gotten used to the fact that I don’t have to know. I’m always going to be discovering new parts of myself, and you’ll find that you will be too.“

On whether she though she would become the First Lady: “… I never thought I’d be First Lady! [laughs] When I was growing up, the notion that we would have an African-American president, the possibility that we would have a woman president, that wasn’t even on the horizon. I didn’t believe it until we walked into the White House!”

On her advice for picking the right college: “The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name. I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh I should go to these tops schools.’ We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities. So, the question is: What’s going to work for you?”

Better Make Room is a new public awareness campaign that calls on young Americans to seek higher education–whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university–and guides them through the steps to get there. The campaign also celebrates those reaching higher by spotlighting their higher education stories across various media and advertising platforms. User-generated content appears on the Better Make Room website, posters, outdoor street art, and more, allowing for self-expression, support and encouragement. Better Make Room is part of the Reach Higher initiative to create higher-education opportunities for low-income and minority youth.

“So much of Seventeen is about encouraging and empowering teens to reach their full potential,” said Tan. “It was an absolute thrill to give two incredible readers, Gemma and Zaniya, the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who is such an inspiration for those seeking higher education and the very definition of girl boss. Their honest and real conversation is the perfect way to kick off our bonus commencement section filled with life-changing advice for high school graduates.”

The special commencement section also includes edit from the First Lady on ten things to know before going to college and advice from six inspiring women—Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, activist and model Ashley Graham, fashion designer and Celebrate author Lauren Conrad, Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, Black Lives Matter Cofounder Opal Tometi, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder Melinda Gates—for the Class of 2016.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly covers the February issue of Seventeen (on newsstands tomorrow today). Rejection sucks, but without it, Tori Kelly wouldn’t be where she is today. The singer-songwriter reveals why she’s never lost sight of her dreams—or her smile.

Tori Kelly Quotes

On Simon Cowell deeming her voice “almost annoying” and being ousted before semifinals on American Idol: “Deep down, I knew I was good, and I knew I could do it. I needed to get knocked down and to build up a thick skin. Who knows what I would have been singing about otherwise? You have to go through things in order to inspire others with your story.”

On whether she and Ed Sheeran are more than friends: "I knew that was coming, but no. Working with him was a really cool experience because I was a fan and I didn’t know how it would go, but right away he made it super-chill. Ever since then, he’s been someone I consider a friend and even a mentor.”

On dealing with her manager saying she was boring: "He told me, “People are saying you are vanilla and that you have nothing to say.” I was like, Whoa. I remembered record-label guys telling me I was really reserved when I was younger. Like, “Wake up, you should be bubbly and happy!” And I was thinking, But this is my personality; I’m just chilling. So I went right back to being that little girl who was just so freaked out. I acted as if I didn’t care, but I went home that night and just poured all the feelings that I was holding back into my music. That’s how “Unbreakable Smile” came to be.”

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


Iggy Azalea Seventeen Cover

Iggy Azalea appears on the cover of Seventeen’s September issue (on newsstands August 11). Iggy Azalea isn’t afraid to speak her mind — on social media or in her music. In an honest and revealing interview, she shows off the power of being true to yourself.

Iggy Azalea Quotes

On whether she’s had a nose job: “I’m not denying it. Denying it is lame. I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.”

On plastic surgery: “Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time, so I think it’s important to wait and make sure it’s the right choice. Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself—and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey. There are things that I didn’t like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I’ve learned to accept. It’s important to remember you can’t change everything. You can never be perfect."

On whether her looks are under more scrutiny now: “It’s hard to be a woman in 2015 with social media. There’s so much more emphasis on taking pictures of ourselves and the “likes” or people commenting on them. There’s a lot more pressure to look beautiful. Some days I just want to look like s*** and feel okay with that.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Fifth Harmony

The Fifth Harmony girls are basically the definition of confidence goals, whether they're reminding us all to love the skin we're in, supporting fans who are brave enough to be themselves, or giving us kickass girl power anthems like "Worth It." But the girls weren't always this sure of themselves, and in the June/ July issue of Seventeen, on stands May 19, they open up about overcoming the same kinds of insecurities we all deal with, from body image issues to fears about speaking up and fitting in. Get inspired by the amazing ways your fave girl group became the confident powerhouses we know and love today.

PLUS, Camila Cabello Opens Up About Ex Austin Mahone.

Camila Cabello On Finding Her Voice

"Growing up, I was extremely shy. When I started at a new school, I didn't even know who to sit with at lunch. I was walking around the hallways, trying to act like I had somewhere to go. It felt like I was invisible. Singing has made me feel like I fit in. I'm so much more comfortable being myself now."

Ally Brooke On Speaking Up

"I used to be really scared to voice my opinion, whether it was with the other girls or just about an outfit I didn't like. I kept worrying what other people would think of me if they didn't agree. But I learned that I was just hurting myself. I live by the quote 'Speak even if your voice shakes.'"

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Justin Bieber In Seventeen Magazine

Justin Bieber covers the June/July ’15 issue of Seventeen, on newsstands nationwide May 19. After months of misbehaving, the pop star tells Seventeen that he’s ready to get serious again – about his life, his music, and his relationships.

On his year of bad behavior:

“I was rebelling a little bit. I was getting cockier and cockier. I didn’t have people to check me. I looked back and I was disappointed in myself."

On making mistakes:

“You have to own up to the mistakes. You have to say, I’m sorry if I’ve let you down. I always want to be honest and let people know that those mistakes aren’t who I am. Who I am is someone who really cares about people.”

On relationships:

“I need healthy relationships with people I can feel safe with. People I can say whatever to, and I’m not going to be judged. In a girl, I want someone who’s confident in herself and honest. I have to find her very attractive and as someone I can see myself with for the rest of my life.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Lena Dunham

In the May issue of Seventeen, now on newsstands nationwide, Lena Dunham pens an essay explaining why she’s “on team weirdo for life,” and encouraging girls to follow their passions without losing their sense of style and individuality. Visit

“I was a bona fide weirdo in high school. My best friend was my dad. (Still is.) I wore my yellow rubber clogs every day. I was so obsessed with my pet rabbit that I fed her bananas from my mouth. I was into '80s pop; hip-hop was cool. I brought a bagel to the party, not beer. No one shoved me into a locker or anything, but they definitely made it clear that no one was crushing on me or even respecting me.

One sad day, I tried an experiment. I put on my most "normal" jeans (flares—it was the early 2000s; skinny jeans hadn't been invented yet!) and my mother's tank top (she's always been hipper than me) and straightened my hair. I applied eyeliner and even padded my bra. When I got to school, no one said much at first, but the girls were looking at me with surprise and maybe even jealousy. When I needed a pencil in math, a hot boy lent me one. ‘Wow,’ his friend whispered. ‘She actually looks regular.’

That snapped me out of it. Regular? Who wants to be regular, especially if it means taking an extra 15 minutes on your hair? Or pretending that you're not rereading Madame Bovary again or not crazy about your rabbit? If regular means pretending you don't have passions and style, count me out. It's not worth the pencil. At school the next day, the yellow clogs were firmly back on my feet.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort covers the April issue of Seventeen, on newsstands nationwide March 24. The Insurgent star opens up to the magazine about his dream date, spoiling the women in his life, and getting into trouble in high school.

On whether a guy can be just platonic friends with a girl:

“If a woman is really pretty, it’s kind of hard. I’m not going to lie. Actually, that’s not true. Me and Shailene [Woodley] have a really platonic relationship. I’ve never once wanted her sexually, which is nice. But for me, if a person is someone I’m attracted to, and she’s my best friend, hopefully we’re dating.”

On his dream date:

“I like romantic dates—going on a long walk in Central Park and then taking the subway downtown and going out to eat and ordering oysters. After that, you walk around again and talk. Morning dates are nice, too. I love doing romantic s***. It’s fun. It’s like you’re living in a movie.”

On spoiling the women in his life: 

“I like to buy girls shoes and jewelry. I buy stupidly expensive shoes. I got Louboutins for my mom and my girlfriend before. My mom was like, ‘I can’t wear these; they’re too high.' I was like, ‘Mom, you have to try them - they’re so cool. They’re red snakeskin!' She still wears them every so often but she can’t walk in them."

On whether he ever got into any trouble in high school:

“[My friend] Jordan and I used to throw eggs off my roof and hit cars. We got in trouble with the police when I was 15. They came to our door. I told my dad, ‘We were throwing eggs off the roof and you were out of town and they got really mad at us and said if we did it again we would get in trouble, but we’re never going to do it again.’ I said it all in one sentence. He was like, ‘Okay.’”

Friday, January 02, 2015


Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice covers the February issue of Seventeen, on newsstands nationwide January 6th. The actress opens up about her new grown-up MTV series Eye Candy, her relationship with actor Pierson Fodé, and how she rises above life’s daily pressures. 

On her new MTV series Eye Candy:

“It’s a very sexy thriller-drama. Victorious was musical singing, happy times, and colorful, and this show is the polar opposite, which is 100 percent why I was drawn to it. I do have a little bit of a dark side. I’m not this, like, queen of darkness, but it’s exciting to be in a darker world—dark characters don’t scare me.”

On taking control:

“During my teenage years, I definitely learned to become more assertive. I feel like young people can sometimes be scared or intimidated by people in power or someone older than they are, but you can’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and speak your mind. Being able to take charge of situations and push through those difficult times is what helps you grow.”

On her relationship with actor Pierson Fodé:

“It all comes down to chemistry—it’s either there or it’s not. And relationships are not always easy. I’m currently in a relationship [with actor Pierson Fodé], and he’s in L.A., so it’s important to find ways to stay connected—even just playing Words With Friends and Skyping when you can. When you’re young, not every relationship is going to work out. You’re going to go through breakups, and you’re probably going to have your heart broken. It’s important to remember that just because someone breaks up with you, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. All relationships are a learning curve.”

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Bethany Mota

 Seventeen’s October issue is the magazine’s first-ever YouTube issue celebrating the new generation of stars that our readers love and identify with.

Bethany Mota - YouTube star, Dancing with the Stars contestant, fashion designer and mogul in the making - is October’s cover star marking the first time a YouTube personality has graced the cover of a national women’s magazine. In addition to Bethany, 30 YouTube stars are featured throughout the issue and combined they garner an astounding 65 million YouTube views per month.


How being bullied inspired Bethany Mota to start filming beauty videos when she was 13:

“It was so cool seeing girls being positive and spreading happiness. At first, I made beauty videos that were like everyone else’s – I’d try to act perfect. But then I realized it might be more fun if I was just myself. So I showed my silly side and kept in the bloopers. I liked those videos way more, and people appreciated that realness.”

Monday, August 11, 2014


Ariana Grande

Seventeen’s September issue includes a great, first-person piece from Holland Roden on how feeling sexy doesn’t mean wearing the least amount of clothes.

Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden: “Pay attention to me, not my body!”

Her character on Teen Wolf loves to show off her assets – but Holland prefers things a bit more demure. The actress on how she learned to feel hot her way.


Holland Roden on being unsure of her personal style when she was younger:

“When my friends and I were shopping for a Saturday night out, I would try on the things they picked out: bandage skirts, low-cut tanks, and heels. It was fun at first... until I realized I was tugging at my skirt every five seconds, trying to make sure I wasn’t exposing my butt. What bothered me more than that was feeling like everyone was looking at me—it was like I was putting my body out there just for guys to stare at. But even though I knew overtly sexy wasn’t my style, I didn’t realize there were other ways to look and feel hot, so I kept dressing that way.”

On not liking her sexy Teen Wolf wardrobe:

“On Teen Wolf my character, Lydia, is always decked out in stilettos and push-up bras. She likes using her assets to get attention, but doing that every day at work just confirmed how much I hate it. Wearing things that made me uncomfortable every single day led to an epiphany. I may not be able to change the costumes I wear for my job, but I can change what I wear after hours.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Ariana Grande

Seventeen’s interview with Ariana Grande is sure to be a huge hit.

Ariana’s grandfather passed last week, she wanted to add the following quote: “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I'm so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”


Ariana Grande on putting herself out there and being totally exposed:

“It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”

How she gets over her insecurities:

· “I focus on what’s important. My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Monday, May 05, 2014


Emma Stone

Emma Stone, star of the Amazing Spider-Man 2, recently opened up to about the film, dealing with haters, body image, and girl power.

Emma Stone on dealing with haters…

“Sometimes it's really easy to shrug it off and other times, things have pinched more. I think most of us are like that, right? Someone lobs a snide remark your way, and sometimes you can laugh about it, while other times you can actually feel the sting. I'm actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what. If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn't that firmly established in the first place. It's an inside job. You're beautiful and worthy and totally unique. People insult each other based on their own insecurities—even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously.”

Emma Stone on body confidence...

“It can be really challenging in today's world for anyone—especially girls and women—to feel good about their bodies. No matter how things look from the outside, we can all be super critical of ourselves and of our image in the mirror. I've seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or ‘caving to pressure to be thin.’ Keeping weight on is a struggle for me— especially when I'm under stress, and especially as I've gotten older. That's the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everything. So when completely untrue statements are made about me or my health, of course a part of me wants to defend. Thing is, people have a right to imagine what they want to imagine. My job at those moments is to tell myself the truth. Am I taking care of myself in a healthy way? Am I respecting myself and being responsible? And over and over, I answer yes to that question. Then I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I'd want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.”

Emma Stone on what makes her feel powerful… 

“Wanting something, putting all my energy toward it, working hard and following through. New things I never knew I could do. Commitment. Making somebody laugh—there's no better feeling than that.”

Sunday, March 09, 2014


Miles Teller

The dudes of new trilogy-based movie Divergent sit down with Seventeen for the April issue (on stands March 11th). In the interview, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Christian Madsen, Jai Courtney and Ben Lloyd-Hughes talk about first dates, love and dealing with girls who play games, finding true happiness in life, getting sloppy seconds on the dance floor, and of course, working on set of their new action-packed film.

Theo James: 

- Would you say that you’re a lot like Four [his character in Divergent]? “Definitely. He likes to play outside the rules and is someone who sees through the BS. He has a strong sense of who he is. I like to think I have that in me too.”

Miles Teller: 

- How would your friends describe you? “My best friends would say that I’m not a good dancer and get their sloppy seconds. None of that is true. I’ve always been the best dancer and I get the girls first.”

Ansel Elgort: 

- Caleb [his character in Divergent] tells Tris [the lead female character] to think about what she wants before they choose a faction. What do you think of that message? “That’s an important quote. Some parents want their kids to become doctors or lawyers, but some kids want to be actors or dancers. You have to think of yourself because otherwise, you may have made them happy but you’re unhappy.”


Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Lea Michele In Seventeen

Lea Michele appears on the cover of Seventeen's April 2014 issue (on stands March 11th). In her interview with Seventeen, she discusses life after the death of boyfriend and Glee costar, Cory Monteith, and how she plans to follow her passion and find lasting happiness after heartbreak. She proves that even when your life is turned upside down, you have the strength within to find your happiness and live your best life. 


Lea Michele on rumors of a Glee spin-off: “Let’s do it. I think it could be Rachel living in New York and working on Broadway!”

Lea’s tips on how she plans to follow her passion and find lasting happiness:

Figure out who you are: “I set out to make a really pop-heavy album that was fun and empowering – I love Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson! But then I found myself picking and writing these songs that were very emotional and dramatic. Louder has songs that express extreme love and some pain. I look at it and think, That was my year. I didn’t record any songs that I didn’t completely relate to.”

Find true love: “I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won. But that wasn’t who he was. Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, ‘I’m your boyfriend,’ I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.”

Get body confident: “I’m very comfortable with my own body. I come from Broadway – everybody’s naked on Broadway. I like to think of myself as more granola. I’m not going to run around naked or anything like that unless I’m at my own home. Today, I walked into my backyard and was standing out there naked for a while. Don’t tell: My neighbors will freak out!”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Selena Gomez In Seventeen

Selena Gomez appears on the cover of Seventeen's first-ever March 2014 Power issue (on stands February 4th). The issue, which also celebrates Seventeen’s 70th anniversary, features a list of Hollywood’s most powerful girls 21 and under and Selena is ranked #1 on the list. Stay tuned for the full power list to follow in the coming week.

In her interview with Seventeen, Gomez discusses what it’s like to feel powerful, the importance of her fans, how she won’t change for a guy and more.

On the three newsstand covers, Gomez wears a custom Elizabeth & James t-shirt with the phrases Dream, Brave, and Confident.

On feeling powerful:

“This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], the Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato]. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote. Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have 'Come & Get It' be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I'm glad it's taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it."

On her fans:

"I don't feel like I can do enough for my fans. I work a lot, I work hard, and I get tired. But when you walk onstage and see these people who wait hours outside just to see you, it's the greatest thing in the world.”

On Lorde: 

“I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, 'She doesn't like me, but Lorde.' I'm going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she's doing great things. Some day I will see her and we'll be cool."

On never changing for a guy:

"I actually talked to Katy Perry about guys who are intimidated by strong girls. I haven't found someone yet who could understand my lifestyle, support it, love me through it, and not be threatened by it. It's hard. I do think I might scare some guys, because I'm like, 'I want to change the world! I have dreams! What do you want to do?' But I only know how to be me.” 

Monday, January 06, 2014


Seventeen Magazine

Troian Bellisario, star of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, appears on the cover of Seventeen's February 2014 issue (on stands January 7th). The new season of Pretty Little Liars also premieres January 7th. In a very personal interview with Seventeen, Troian discusses her challenges with being a teenager, her past struggles with self-harming and what makes her happiest now.

How she responds to her fans saying she’s perfect: “I’ve heard fans say that I’m perfect on the show and I want to tell them I’ve been through two hours of hair and makeup. Don’t hold yourself up to that!”

On dealing with the challenges of being a teenager: “I started self-harming when I was a junior. I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school.…I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.”

How she differs from her onscreen persona Spencer in Pretty Little Liars: “Sometimes I feel like I’m trying too hard, like I don’t belong. I just look around at Lucy [Hale], Shay [Mitchell], and Ashley [Benson], and I’m just like, Why am I on this show? Sometimes I’ve felt like a fraud. Like, I’m not like these other girls – I don’t dress like that and don’t know how to do my hair. The minute I’m off that stage, I try to get as “me” as possible. I do that by piling on my black eyeliner, and I put on my ripped tights. Dressing like myself again helps.”

On what makes her happiest now: “My friends and my family – the people who I love and who love me back. Whenever I get down, when I want to crawl under a rock, I just look around at them and I see how rich my life is. You have to remember what’s most important in life. I am loved by so many people and have a wonderful job. I know I’m incredibly blessed. I am a completely lucky human being.”


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Lily Collins In Seventeen Magazine

Actress Lily Collins shines on the September cover of Seventeen magazine. The issue hits newsstands, August 6th. In the interview, Collins, who stars in the highly anticipated movie, The Mortal Instruments opens up how she’s been inspired by Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence, who shot to fame after starring in major franchises based on popular book series.

On her new sense of style:

I’ve definitely edged-up my style a little but not for any reason other than I’m experimenting with myself. I always wanted tattoos, so this past November, I got two. I got my back done first its my handwriting and it says, Love always and forever.