Zooey Deschanel At 17 Was A Radical Feminist Who Took On Vogue

Zooey Deschanel

So it turns out there is a reason why Zooey Deschanel is so awesome and radical! Not just for her funnys on ‘The New Girl’, and her creative feminist site HelloGiggles, but now for this, proving who she is is not an act, and she has stayed true to herself from way back in the day. And keep in mind, this is a girl who grew up in the Hollywood scene with parents working in the film industry.

When she was 17 years old, she wrote a letter to Vogue Magazine basically schooling them on how they should be influencing their young female audience. She found the letter back in 2011 and tweeted “I wrote this letter to Vogue when I was 17 and someone found it! Proud of my feminist teen self.”

The letter was actually published in the magazine, but Zooey said upon the discovery that she had no hard feelings toward the mag, and explained she was just feisty.

She truly has a great reason to be feisty and her letter is just as relevant today, and completely fits in line with what we are doing and WHY we are doing it.

All we can say is amen, hallelujah, can I get a “hell yeah”, you go girl! Perhaps Anna Wintour and Co. should be taking note of the fact that while they have a huge sphere of influence in the lives of women, why not use that opportunity as a means to diversity and include different definitions of beauty?

Our view is this: if they eventually don’t want to ‘open the gates’ so to speak when it comes to beauty definitions, then move over because there are plenty of other websites, women and magazines who are going to lead the way!

Zooey Deschanel Vogue Letter


  1. Too many women are made to feel like they are less than what they are because of the way society perceives beauty. Congrats to Zooey for writing to the magazine. Even at 17, she knew what was right.

  2. That’s not radical feminism, that’s just good sense. Good for her.

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