Blanchard and Shahidi take over ‘Teen Vogue’

Teen Vogue’s forthcoming issue is all about celebrating the females of the future.

According to Fashionista.com, the glossy’s December issue features young actresses Rowan Blanchard and Yara Shahidi as the issue’s cover girls as well as its guest editors. Its slogan: “Smart Girls Speak Up!”, an appropriate catchphrase for the pair of outspoken activists.

Both Blanchard (15) and Shahidi (16) have a history of offering their insight on a variety of social and cultural issues: Blanchard is known to shut down sexism thrown her way by reporters and online trolls alike, while Shahidi discussed the danger of stereotypes at the Points of Life Conference on Volunteering and Service this past June.

But in this issue, Fashionista.com says the duo works in tandem to empower women and girls of all ages, as they “support each other throughout the interview; they challenge each other to work harder, to voice what they believe in even louder.”

Excerpting a quote from Blanchard, Fashionista.com says the actress offered an “uplifting” account of feminism, its intersectionality and the role of privilege:

“Like [activist] DeRay McKesson says, “You’re not born woke”; it’s such a learning process. I started thinking about the feminism I was initially being sold, which was basically that boys and girls should be equal. But there are intersections, and a lot of reason why it is easier for me to achieve that equality than it is for some of my friends. You have to always question your politics: am I being as inclusive as I possibly can? Is this thing that I said, could it be xenophobic? My worst fear is someone writing, ‘Rowan Blanchard, queen of feminism!’ I’m like, ‘No.’ I am figuring this out just as much as you are. I am constantly trying to check my privilege.”

To catch this and more from Blanchard and Shahidi, be sure to pick up Teen Vogue‘s December issue, due out on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

 

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