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Zooey Deschanel's letter to Vogue: "Is insecurity something you want to advocate?"

You can catch Zooey Deschanel in her much-talked-about TV show, New Girl. But before she was famous, Deschanel was an outspoken teen who was sick of fashion magazines making her feel insecure.

When she was seventeen, Deschanel fired off a letter to the editors of Vogue magazine. And they published it! Here's what she had to say:


Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an "ideal" when you, as a popular women's 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 that 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 American women, we don't need discouragement, but inspiration.


Zooey Deschanel

Los Angeles, CA



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