Popular preteen magazine Discovery Girls found itself in some hot water after a recent issue. They published an article titled, "Which swimsuit best suits you?" And many people were angered by the "advice" this feature gave their daughters.
The advice included tips "to flatter you" if the girl reading it happened to be "rounder in the middle," and suggestions to "draw the eyes down" if the reader was "curvy up top."
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Considering the magazine is aimed at girls ages 8 to 12, the response from readers and parents is not surprising.
Hey @DiscoveryGirls, why not include diet tips/surgical options with this? Your readers are 9, after all. Tick tock. pic.twitter.com/5oJI4KqnM6— Taffy Akner (@taffyakner) May 10, 2016
Hey @DiscoveryGirls, why not include diet tips/surgical options with this? Your readers are 9, after all. Tick tock. pic.twitter.com/5oJI4KqnM6
@taffyakner @DiscoveryGirls I would have considered subscribing to this for my daughter, but not after this. This is appalling.— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) May 11, 2016
@taffyakner @DiscoveryGirls I would have considered subscribing to this for my daughter, but not after this. This is appalling.
But what is surprising--in a pleasant way--is the response everyone got from the magazine.
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The publisher of the magazine, Catherine Lee, posted a lengthy apology for the article in a Facebook post, thanking the parents and the readers for their criticism.
"As much we like to think that something like this would never happen to us, it did," she wrote. "We’re not immune to making mistakes, but we are always willing to get better and learn from our mistakes."
It also included an important message for anyone reading to carry with them onwards.
"We want to make sure that our girls know that any article that makes you feel bad about your body is not a good article, and should be questioned," Lee wrote.
You can read the entire apology for yourself in the post below.
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