Actress Zooey Deschanel attends "My Idiot Brother" Premiere at the Eccles Center Theatre during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images)more pics » Zooey Deschanel
When we think of Zooey Deschanel
, we picture a sweet girl in a pretty tea dress. But if you were to look at a 17-year-old version of Zooey, you might not recognize her at all!
The indie star has uncovered a feminist rant that she sent to Vogue
as a teen. The letter, which was actually printed in the mag, has Zooey criticizing its role in idealizing beauty. She said: Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an “ideal” when you, as a popular womens magazine, have the opportunity to expand it? I don’t think any woman should have to feel as if she needs to shove herself into an “ideal” to be beautiful. Beauty should be something that is celebrated and something that is enjoyable, not something that people should feel uncomfortable about achieving. Most of the women, and certainly most of the adolescent girls, in the United States do not feel completely secure with themselves, especially with their appearance; is insecurity something you want to advocate? As American women, we don’t need discouragement, but inspiration.
Los Angeles, CA
Zooey says she's proud of her "feminist teen self," but makes sure to let Vogue know she's changed her tune by saying, "no hard feelings @, love your mag! I was a feisty 17."
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