I recently attended a talk at the University of Calgary called “Is Beauty an Ugly Obsession?” It was a great discussion with Kirsten Pullen (professor of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University and author of Actresses and Whores: On Stage and in Society), Jenifer Merifield (CEO, founder and editor-in-chief of “Girls Can do Anything” magazine), Rebecca Sullivan (professor of Communications Studies, University of Calgary and author of Visual Habits: Nuns, Feminism, and American Postwar Popular Culture) and Kelly Streit (CEO of Mode Models).
Jenifer Merifield in particular was of interest to me because of her magazine. “Girls Can Do Anything” magazine is meant to empower girls using diverse images of the teens and positive articles; their tag line is, “Be Real. Be You.” This is a perfect example of using a form of media to spread positive messages. Check out their website at www.gcdamagazine.com.