Quote, Unquote | Zoeey Deschanel’s letter to Vogue Editors

“Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an ‘ideal’ when you, as a popular woman’s magazine, have the opportunity to expand it?”

-Zoeey Deschanel, to Vogue editors, on redefining beauty


Photo courtesy of Complex Magazine

Read the full letter to the editors after the jump.

This quote is part of a letter to the editor that Zooey Deschanel wrote to Vogue when she was 17-years-old and I completely agree with the sentiment: fashion magazines and the rest of the media need to feature and promote a more diverse array of women that includes females of all shapes, colours, hair types, lifestyles, etc.

Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an “ideal” when you, as a popular womens magazine, have the opportunity to expand it? I don’t think any woman should have to feel as if she needs to shove herself into an “ideal” to be beautiful. Beauty should be something that is celebrated and something that is enjoyable, not something people should feel uncomfortable about achieving. Most of the women, and certainly most of the adolescent girls, in the United States do not feel completely secure with themselves especially with their appearance; is insecurity something you want to advocate? As an American women, we don’t need discouragement but inspiration.

Zooey Deschanel

Los Angeles, CA

-Septembre

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About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine, TheKit.ca, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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One Response to Quote, Unquote | Zoeey Deschanel’s letter to Vogue Editors

  1. hwest says:

    This is why Ms. Deschanel is almost universally adored.

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