A couple of weeks ago, we ran a side-by-side shot of this Girls’ Life magazine cover (left, lead image) next to the cover of a Boys’ Life magazine that served as a harsh reminder of the stereotyped messages that are STILL marketed to girls.
We weren’t the only ones upets by the cover. After seeing it posted on Facebook, Katherine Young, a graphic designer, was in shock. Katherine said. “Can this be real? Is this photo fake? After Googling current issues of these two magazines I found them to be real. I was just appalled.”
And she took matters into her own hands. She decided to show Girls’ Life what their covers should look like. Putting her graphic skills to work, in just a few minutes, Katherine swapped out the cover girl for Olivia Hallisey, the 2015 Google Science Fair Grand Prize winner, and photoshopped in some new, inspired headlines.
The result? A magazine cover that offers girls something better than a few tips on how to “Wake up Pretty.”
“We can do better. I hope this cover inspires us all to do better every day and be more conscious of the imagery our children are bombarded with,” Katherine wrote in email. “I hope this sparks conversation with both girls and boys. They all need to know that girls are more than a pretty face.”