Teen, Supermodel, Covergirl….and Pregnant

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October 30, 2009

Teen Vogue cover, November 2009. Copyright Conde Nast Magazines.The cover of the November issue of Teen Vogue pictures 19-year-old Jourdan Dunn and 18-year-old Chanel Iman along with the cover line “Teen Supermodels Jourdan and Chanel on Their Rise to the Top.” Inside the magazine, Jourdan and Chanel talk about their careers as supermodels, but it’s what Jourdan reveals that’s got people talking.  Jourdan is expecting a baby sometime this December and her boyfriend, mother and modeling agency are supportive of her.

There was some debate at Teen Vogue, as to whether the magazine should still run the cover after they found out Jourdan was pregnant. But a number of factors, like a tight production schedule, kept the cover in place. Jourdan’s pregnancy and other recent celebrity teen pregnancies, like Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin, have been enough to get the public’s attention and start a conversation about teenage pregnancy.

Take a look at the cover. Can you even tell which one’s pregnant? I don’t know about you, but I don’t look at that picture and say “Omigosh! That supermodel is pregnant! That’s sooooo totally awesome! I want to be a teenage mother, too!!!” I’m smart enough to realize that this girl is an internationally famous supermodel and probably has a lot more money than I do to financially support a baby. I’d understand somebody having a problem with her being on the cover if she was promoting teen pregnancy, but she isn’t. Jourdan said that her pregnancy was unplanned and “really hard,” so she’s certainly not the poster child for how much fun being a pregnant teen is.

So what do you think? Does it matter that Teen Vogue has a pregnant teen model on its over? Jump over to our Forums and let us know your thoughts!

–Sara Racek, 16, Staff Writer

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