This just in, from my friends at New Moon:
25 Girls Nominate Themselves As Most Beautiful...Just They Way They Are.
Eighty percent of 10-year-old American girls diet. The number one magic wish for young girls age 11-17 is to be thinner. (justthink.org) Studies show that reading "teen magazines" and having exposure to thin models creates lower self esteem, body dissatisfaction, decreased confidence and potential eating disorder symptoms in young girls (mediafamily.org)
By age 13, approximately 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies". This number will increase to 78% once girls reach 17 years of age. (National Institute on Media and the Family)
In the May/June 2008 25 Beautiful Girls issue of New Moon, the magazine puts a new twist on the annual theme by asking girls to nominate themselves as beautiful girls. The magazine entitled Toot Your Own Horn, features twenty-five girls from around the country who wrote essays explaining what makes them beautiful. The issue brings together compelling evidence of the ability for girls to see themselves for who they really are...and find it beautiful. Nominations for the 2009 "25 Beautiful Girls" issue are due by September 15, 2008. For more information visit, www.newmoonmagazine.org.
And BTW, New Moon is sweeping up awards. The mag recently received the 2008 Parents' Choice Gold Award for best children's magazine and has garnered nine Parent's Choice Foundation Awards, five Educational Press Association of America Design and Editorial Awards, a National Association for Multicultural Education award, a Folio Award and the Association of Educational Publishers prestigious Golden Lamp Award in 2006.