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Spectacular GirlsMedia Fascination and Celebrity Culture$
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Sarah Projansky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770214

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770214.001.0001

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“It’s Like Floating” or Battling the World

“It’s Like Floating” or Battling the World

Mass Magazine Cover Girls

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Spectacular Girls

Sarah Projansky

NYU Press

This chapter looks at Time, Newsweek, and People magazine covers as one way to track the current ubiquity of girls in celebrity culture, and identifies the dominance of both whiteness and the can-do/at-risk dichotomy. This field of representation prompts one to ask what other versions of girlhood can be found on these covers. The chapter turns to girls of color and/or girls who fall outside the can-do/at-risk dichotomy in recognizing several alternative representations of girls, with some only slightly challenging the dominance of the can-do white girl and others more transformative. While all alternative girlhoods in U.S. media culture are not necessarily ideal from a feminist perspective, it is still crucial to distinguish and pause over these girlhoods in order to mark their existence and to pursue as much resistant potential as possible in their depictions.

Keywords:   magazine cover girls, Time Magazine, Newsweek, People Magazine, can-do girls, at-risk girls, whiteness, girls of color, alternative girlhoods

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