Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LETTERS -

As a teacher of teenage girls,and a young woman my­self,I have been lament­ing the con­stant bar­rage of stick-thin mod­els and jut­ting bones in women’s mag­a­zines, and the con­stant pres­sure that fe­males face to be pretty and skinny. Marie Claire is the last mag­a­zine I can still buy and not be com­pletely dis­il­lu­sioned, thanks to in­sight­ful, stim­u­lat­ing ar­ti­cles and fea­tures such as ‘The Awk­ward Years Project’ and ‘I feel pow­er­ful when…’ (Jan­uary 2014).These are the kind of ar­ti­cles I can show to the girls I teach to demon­strate strong, ca­pa­ble women with nor­mal builds who are not de­fined by the way they look,but in­stead by what they do and who they are.These are the things that make them feel pow­er­ful within them­selves, not ex­pec­ta­tions im­posed on them by men and the beauty in­dus­try. Thank you for these two fea­tures that cel­e­brate achieve­ments and fe­male strength, I will def­i­nitely be us­ing them in my class­room. – Yanou Pien­aar wins a Lamelle ham­per

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