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Pregnant cover girl of Teen Vogue raises eyebrows

October 28, 2009

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Teen models Jourdan Dunn, left, and Chanel Iman are shown on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Teen Vogue in this magazine cover image released by Teen Vogue. Dunn, 19, reveals in a story in the magazine that she is pregnant and is expecting a boy in December. Some parents worry about the message the magazine is sending to its readers about teen pregnancy.

Teen models Jourdan Dunn, left, and Chanel Iman are shown on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Teen Vogue in this magazine cover image released by Teen Vogue. Dunn, 19, reveals in a story in the magazine that she is pregnant and is expecting a boy in December. Some parents worry about the message the magazine is sending to its readers about teen pregnancy.

— A model on the November cover of Teen Vogue is a 19-year-old who reveals in the magazine that she is pregnant.

Jourdan Dunn is not visibly pregnant on the cover, and Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley said the magazine didn’t know about Dunn’s pregnancy until after the photo shoot. But she said that editors didn’t consider pulling the cover Dunn shares with fellow model Chanel Iman.

“Teen pregnancy is a difficult, real-life issue that Teen Vogue readers (with an average age of 18) are mature enough to be exposed to,” Astley said in a statement. “Teen Vogue felt it was important to support, not punish, Jourdan Dunn, who contributed to a beautiful photo shoot and who will surely have an ongoing and successful career in fashion.”

The cover has raised eyebrows among some parents, teens and advocates against teen pregnancy.

“There’s no message to send to them that that’s not OK. Maybe if she’s on the cover to tell them ‘Be careful,’ that’s one thing,” said Catherine Essig, a 19-year-old sophomore at Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, who was concerned about 15- and 16-year-old readers.

Many advocates said parents should use the cover as a way to talk to their kids about sex and the importance of planning pregnancies for the right moment in their lives.

“Teen parenting isn’t glamorous, even if you are a teen model,” said Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association.

A message left by The Associated Press at Dunn’s New York City agency was not immediately returned. The London native told Teen Vogue that her unplanned pregnancy has been hard.

“All I could think about was what my mom was going to say, my agency, my boyfriend,” said Dunn, who is expecting a boy in December. “When I told my mom, she started crying and blaming herself. She got pregnant with me at the same age, and she said, ‘I don’t want you to have to go through what I did.”’

The magazine should be used as a teachable moment because the media and popular culture help shape “the social script for teenagers,” said Bill Albert, a spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

“It shapes what they think is cool, is not cool, what’s in, what’s out, what’s acceptable, what seems to be the social norm,” he said. “It’s not the only influence and I’d suggest not the most powerful, but it is an influence.”

But parents, he said, shouldn’t underestimate their own power.

“Young people tell us time and time again that parents — not the media, not their partners, not their peers — parents most influence their decisions about sex,” he said.

After a record high in the early 1990s, the teen birth rate in the U.S. dropped 34 percent from 1991 to 2005. But between 2005 and 2007, it increased 5 percent, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

A lack of family planning remains a problem even as women get older — 70 percent of pregnancies among 18 to 29-year-olds are unplanned, Albert said.

The magazine cover story mainly focuses on the two models’ friendship, which grew chilly over competition for a time, and their experiences as black models in the fashion world.

Jill Taylor, chair of the women and gender studies department at Simmons College in Boston, said that she would have liked to have seen the magazine use the model’s pregnancy to provide more information about teen pregnancy.

“Fourteen and 15-year-olds reading it don’t have an idea how hard it is for most single mothers having babies. She’s got resources,” Taylor said.

That difference between Dunn and most teens could be a starting point for a discussion about timing.

“What do you want to have in place when you get pregnant?” asked Dr. Janet Realini, president of the Healthy Futures, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing teen and unplanned pregnancies in San Antonio and Texas. “For teens, we mostly want them to think about staying in school, finding the person who is right for them.”

Comments

Marion Lynn 4 years, 5 months ago

Oh, for crying out loud!

What is with you people?

So the 19 year-old is preggers!

Some of you people need to take a look at reality!

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barrypenders 4 years, 5 months ago

merrill (Anonymous) says…

Without male sperm there can be no pregnancy. So why the majority of focus on the woman?

It's her body merrill. Pro abortion activists taught me that.

Darwin bless you

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blue73harley 4 years, 5 months ago

I would suggest that the mere fact that she is a "cover girl" makes her a bad role model for teenage girls. Looks like she weighs in at about 60 lbs.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 5 months ago

merrill (Anonymous) says… Without male sperm there can be no pregnancy. So why the majority of focus on the woman?

While young uncommitted couples should use condoms to prevent disease transmission, there is a valid biological reason why the current modes of birth control are used by women: it is easier to control the production of one ovum or the implantation of one embryo a month than to control the production of ten million sperm a day. Maybe someday we will get around the numbers, but not yet.

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sfjayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Saw the headline and immediately thought it was referring to another one of the palin girls.

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BlessedSap 4 years, 5 months ago

There is a lot of androgyny out there, these boys who impregnate girls are eunuchs, not men and they have little retarded eunuch offspring who do the same thing. This might be a good thing for our country if we still needed hoards of retarded eunuch “worker bees” but we don’t.

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daddax98 4 years, 5 months ago

"Without male sperm there can be no pregnancy. So why the majority of focus on the woman"

ever heard the term mothers baby fathers maybe?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 5 months ago

Do your family tree. Get the real facts, not what your parents might have told you. Look up those marriage dates, birth dates, etc.

You'll find out. I did. Most of my family for generations upon generations. The women, married young, gave birth young. Many girls married at 17, 18, 19, child the next year. And I'm not talking all less then nine months, I'm talking married more than a year later you clowns. The men were a few years older, if not many years older.

It seems it is only the last x number of years that emphasis has been placed on 'waiting' to marry and bear children. People used to expect to marry as soon as they got out of high school, if the girl finished at all. At one time, the girl's education, or finishing schooling was not that important as they often worked on the family farm.

You do realize that prior to the Civil War, the typical parent had not been educated to read or write. (read the census records, it is amazing ) Only after that were children more commonly sent out to get an grade school education. Beyond that..depended on how badly they were needed at the farm. Girls came second. So if they married young..didn't matter, they weren't in school.

Why not let them marry, sometimes it meant one less mouth to feed at home and that could be a better home for the two that wanted to marry. Heading out West, from an overcrowded East where there was poverty and overcrowding in the cities, no money to buy land.

Unfortunately now, society has gone to hell and far far too many males care not for their spawn or the women that bear them. It amazes me that so many men now feel no sense of connection to any responsibility to having had sex at all.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

For a group of people who did not want the world to know or did not want to romanticize teen pregnancy why did these groups shine a big spotlight on the matter?

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

Without male sperm there can be no pregnancy. So why the majority of focus on the woman?

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

Straight talk:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/teen-talk/teen-pregnancy-25031.htm

================= Birth control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy.

* Birth Control Effectiveness Chart
* Abstinence
* Birth Control Implant (Implanon)
* Birth Control Patch (Ortho Evra)
* Birth Control Pill
* Birth Control Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing)
* Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera)
* Birth Control Sponge (Today Sponge)
* Breastfeeding
* Cervical Cap (FemCap)
* Condom
* Diaphragm
* Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)
* Female Condom
* Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs)
* IUD
* Outercourse
* Spermicide
* Sterilization for Women
* Vasectomy
* Withdrawal (Pull Out Method)

People have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us.

All of us who need birth control want to find the method that is best for us. And each of us has different needs when choosing a method. If you are trying to choose, learning about each method may help you make your decision. Use the list of birth control methods above to read about the methods.

Only you can decide what is best for you. And we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss all of your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control-4211.htm

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BlessedSap 4 years, 5 months ago

Parts of our society have deteriorated in tribal villages their goal is to grow the tribe, if the government enables and pays them for it, all the better.

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BlessedSap 4 years, 5 months ago

Those stats are sobering, it’s like we can’t reach third world status fast enough.

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