My kid gets to model again in Seventeen magazine

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My daughter got into Seventeen magazine for a second time! In addition to the great photo shoot, Gabi has learned some essential life skills. Yay — at age 16, she’s becoming more entrepreneurial.

As you might know, Seventeen uses readers as models. Ooooh, dangling a wholesome peek into every girlie-girl’s favorite fantasy is such a brilliant way to build brand loyalty.

The strategy certainly hooked Gabi. She pores over Seventeen’s website and Facebook page. She always grabs the latest print edition from the mailbox the second it arrives. Her dedication increased after she was featured in the April 2011 issue, which I blogged about here: “How to be in Seventeen magazine, like my daughter.”

Now she has a second thrill. Check out page page 207 of the $4.99 special prom issue, which is on sale through April:

Putting readers in the magazine like this is a win-win for everyone.

Up until these modeling adventures, life was all about Mommy-doing-everything. But after the first shoot, Gabi personally wrote thank-you emails to the Seventeen staffers she worked with. Later, she initiated follow-up emails — plus the occasional phone call — to say hi and stay in touch.

The second shoot also showed her that success is achieved in steps — in the 2011 monthly, she was just one little ‘do among half a dozen. This time she has a whole page to herself, with a full face shot, in a special edition that is enjoying a long newsstand run.

The page on the left is from the April 2011 issue of Seventeen.

Even though Gabi initially hoped to model a lot, school has kept her too busy. Actually, I’m relieved because professional modeling can shred a pretty girl’s self-esteem. But the Seventeen gigs have the opposite impact. In the year between my baby’s two shoots, she’s grown more self-confident and savvy. Even though these are upaid assignments, the memories and lessons are priceless. Thank you, Seventeen!

P.S. — For some insight on the modeling world, here’s a New York Times story about Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl Kate Upton. She didn’t have the “right” look. But she made a boobs-bouncing YouTube video and used her Twitter to create an audience. These free, online resources are available to everyone. So cleavage or no cleavage, we can all get closer to our dreams by developing that entrepreneurial ability to seize the moment.


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    thanks for stopping by! i usually try posting twice a week. but i missed my tuesday rotation because gabs and i have been running around visiting colleges. she’s a high school junior and it’s time to start thinking about The Next Step. i will do another post for this week before sunday; i’m determined to maintain my blogging schedule. xo

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  3. What a knockout – like her mama! (Only, you know, with the “tall” gene.) And I especially love the wholesomeness and intelligence she radiates.

  4. When Gabi’s Seventeen issue came out last spring, I excitedly looked for it at a Walgreen’s in Manhattan. I hadn’t bought an issue since I was 17, ha ha, but picking it up, made me feel like I did when I read it back then: curious, optimistic and full of fun. Sure, I was a 30 year old getting a kick out of a teen magazine, but it felt great to flirt with nostalgia and dream again. Knowing Gabi’s your daughter made me feel like a whole group of us made it or could cheer her on. It’s a fact that superstar Whitney Houston got her modeling start on the pages of Seventeen. I could be mistaken, but I think Whitney was their first black cover model. Supermodel Niki Taylor also made bher mark with Seventeen. (Yeah, I too, was a religious devotee of the mag when I was your daughter’s age). I’m so glad that you (and

    Gabi) shared this with us. These professional and social skills she is building will come in handy when she’s interviewing for colleges, internships, and jobs. When her next issue comes out, I get to go to the prom all over again. Thanks for taking me there! I wish you both the best :)

  5. aw thanks, all of you. i am living a bit vicariously too because i never went to the prom either. but i am mindful that this is her show, not mine. :)

  6. One of my high school classmates was in Seventeen magazine in 1974. She went on to be a TV reporter/ newscaster and has been on Boston TV in various capacities ever since.

    Being a model in Seventeen should open plenty of doors for your daughter ! Well done !

  7. What a beautiful spread!! I’m buying this issue too. I’m so glad the whole experience continues to be positive and teaches her life lessons. Maybe not being paid is a good thing.

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    i have to say….the other reader models at these two shoots were also very confident young women. then again, i’ve watched enough “america’s top model” to know that the profession takes brains, beauty and an iron will. yeah, the money doesn’t matter. and how nice of foodlover to pay me a compliment too. :)

  9. Congratulations to Gabi & Mom! It’s got to be exhilarating to see your little girl on the page of our favorite magazine of all time. She’s beautiful from the inside exuding out. You can forgive her for all her teenage angst for a moment.

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      you’ve both gotten to the core of what’s going on in our household — college issues and teen angst galore. but we still manage all right on our good days. and thanks for the virtual hugs. :)

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