The last time Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart were co-cover stars, it was for Cosmopolitan, and they were… not great, Bob, especially for poor Camila. These are at least more fun, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have notes. ALWAYS notes. SO MANY NOTES.
But I do want to unpack a couple things. First, I think it’s great that Seventeen is trying to do as Teen Vogue has done, and engage its readership with politics and the world around them. I hope the teens and gun reform article is a good one. This is a big moment for teen activism, and I think it’s fantastic. It’s easy to be blinkered as a teen, and to tell yourself that bad things only ever happen to other people in other towns. But they’re all going to be voters soon, so whichever way they lean, it’s essential that the publications they trust are at least trying to have these conversations. I hope we see more of that.
Second, please note on the right how it encourages you to collect all four covers. Reader, there are five. They completely forgot Madelaine Petsch. The Lili, Camila, KJ and Cole covers entreat you to collect all four, with no mention of Madelaine, and then her cover has NO mention of collecting anything. What is the deal here? Was she not a newsstand cover? Is Cheryl Blossom a subscriber-only joint? Or for the Internet alone? Or was she a late add?
Third, NO, SEVENTEEN, I DO NOT SUPPORT SWIMLEISURE. “Bathing suits you can wear as clothes” do not need to be a thing.
Fourth, pink makeup does not look good on everyone. It often looks consumptive. Handle with care, teens.
Fifth, it’s good to talk about periods, and I do love having that cover line stamped near two dudes. They should have to talk about periods, too. They don’t have to GET them, so it’s the least they can do.