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Knocked Up?: Cover Model For Teen Vogue Is Pregnant

October 15, 2009

What can you say?

Is it a mistake?

Should we shun the poor girl?

Nope, we shouldn’t shun her, but we shouldn’t advertise her in a “family way” either.

The cesspool of sexual exploits is so grand, are you going to tell me that putting a young woman who is pregnant on the cover of Teen Vogue is a good thing?

I don’t think so.

It’s great to have a magazine feature African-American teens on the cover.

Specifically, the stereotypes of black teens are that they are all pregnant and on welfare.  So, their choice to put

The model in the white dress on this Teen Vogue cover, Jourdan Dunn, 19, is pregnant and unmarried, but there are no signs of discussion about teen pregnancy in this issue.

The model in the white dress on this Teen Vogue cover, Jourdan Dunn, 19, is pregnant and unmarried, but there are no signs of discussion about teen pregnancy in this issue.

a pregnant black teen on the cover I believe was done in poor taste.  Yet, on top of that, we are talking teen here.

Missed Opportunity

I see nothing on the cover to suggest that there is talk about teen pregnancy, which I feel would have been a responsible move.

What a topic this could have been and what a forum..

Teen Vogue would have shed some of it’s fluff cred and actually open up the gates of communication to talk about serious topics and more than lipstick…

Don’t get me wrong, lipstick has it’s place, and so do pregnant teen models, but they do not belong glamourized on the cover of magazines.

In the defense of the magazine, they claim to not have known the young model was with child, but when they did find out, shouldn’t they have at least addressed the issue in the magazine?

Now the magazine world enters into a similar dialogue as Teen Vogue’s November issue, which pictures a pregnant, unmarried 19-year-old model on its cover, hits newsstands.


There’s nothing about the cover that would indicate that Jourdan Dunn, who is the first black model to walk a Prada show since Naomi Campbell in the 1990s, is pregnant. She looks no different than Chanel Iman, who is also pictured, and the accompanying cover line says simply, “Teen Supermodels Jourdan and Chanel on their rise to the top.”

Not until you read the accompanying piece does the subject of Dunn’s pregnancy come into play. Toward the end of the interview, Dunn says her unplanned pregnancy was “really hard,” and “all I could think about was what my mom was going to say, my agency, my boyfriend.”

From all indications in the piece, all parties are supportive of Dunn, who is due in December.

A representative for Teen Vogue said that they didn’t know Dunn was pregnant until after the photo shoot, and production schedules, among other factors, led to the decision to keep the cover in place.

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