The Teenage Dream...
This is what we're constantly fed on a silver platter; an idealised version of adolescence, where the biggest issue is what to wear for prom. For years, media has romanticised teendom. Tropes like the prom queen or the quarterback are household knowledge. We're told that our high school years are the best of our lives, and that "everything goes down from there." Personally, I disagree — but still, the naive carefreeness of the teenage dream is so interesting.
Issue 1 of Loose Magazine looks at all aspects of the Teenage Dream. The internet has cut the power of Disney Channel teenagers, to make way for the rise of "relatable teenager" influencers like Emma Chamberlain and Olivia Neill. On a similar note, in the modern age, the reality of adolescence is that most experiences are online; we look at fanfiction and how this has become a safe haven for so many teenagers, girls especially. Thinking back to the 00s, however, the Teenage Dream was sold through girly films like Mean Girls, and children grew up idolizing the image of adolesence that dolls like Bratz promised. There are so many aspects of the Teenage Dream to be discussed.
As an independent magazine, I have written all of the articles — however, I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed. And to everyone reading: thank you for the support, and I hope you stick around! <3
Lucy Eaton, Editor-in-Chief
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