I love these covers. If I were a teen, I would run out and buy them; if I were the mother of a teen, I’d be delighted to see them arrive in the mail:
“It took a long time for me to see my own potential… Finally something clicked and I knew I could be one of the best. It was a game changer. Now I’m like, ‘I am going for this. I’m going for it all.’” #Olympics world champ @gabbycvdouglas is going for the gold—again—along with first-timer @simonebiles. Get to know our August cover stars at the link in bio. Photo: @jasonkibblerstudio Styling: @celestinecooney
These covers are, simply put, utterly great. Both Simone and Gabby look like the strong, confident, supremely talented young women that they are. There is no weird fashion-mag artifice here; no decision was made to put them in some kind of directional, glossy milieu. Obviously, they’re both very pretty, and these are compelling photographs, but part of what is wonderful about these covers is that they’re primarily focused on how good Simone and Gabby are at what they do. I particularly love that Teen Vogue chose to run a photo of Simone where she’s lightly covered in chalk dust — it’s got a beautiful effect on the image, like an Instagram filter, except it’s actually a tool that she uses to dominate at work every day:
“To go out there and prove what I can do has taught me a lot about who I am. We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.” 19-year-old gymnastics phenom @simonebiles is ready to make her #Olympics debut as she and @gabbycvdouglas go for gold! Get to know the August cover stars at the link in bio. Photo: @jasonkibblerstudio Styling: @celestinecooney A photo posted by Teen Vogue (@teenvogue) on
This quote, from Gabby’s interview, is likewise great:
Gabby’s mother (who doubles as her manager), Natalie Hawkins, reflects: “I remember when everyone was talking about her arms, and she became very self-conscious about how muscular they were. Then Gabrielle saw the elegance with which Serena Williams handled all the negative criticism of her own body. It was liberating for my daughter to see that. She said, ‘I don’t have to apologize to anyone about my body. My body is beautiful.’”
Hell, yes, it is. YOU ARE BOTH PERFECT AND DON’T EVER FORGET IT.
[Photos: Jason Kibbler, Teen Vogue]