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Oprah Was Obsessed With Seventeen Magazine

Oprah's Seventeen Magazine Obsession Explains Her Career

In the January issue of O, Oprah explains that her teen obsession with Seventeen magazine inspired her to create her new network, OWN. She says Seventeen was "a space where I could get some guidance, a space where I could be entertained, a space that was fun for me, where I was allowed to feel most like myself," and describes her complete dedication as such:

"When I was growing up, Seventeen magazine was like my bible. It was 50 cents a copy. I was at the drugstore every month — I knew the date that they were dropped because I never had enough money for a subscription, but I saved my 50 cents and I was there. Whatever Seventeen magazine said, I did."

That sounds a lot like how some treat Oprah: whatever Oprah reads, they read. Whatever Oprah buys, they buy. And people treat her word like the bible, too. At least fictional characters — when asked about her religious beliefs, 30 Rock's Liz Lemon infamously replied: "I pretty much do whatever Oprah tells me to."

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Bible shouldn't be capitalized in this case because it is referring to someone's personal bible as opposed to the Bible (the specific book).
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
Umm, why isn't "Bible" capitalized? I'm Catholic and I find this very insulting - would you call it "the quran?" I know that is not the point of this story, but I think it is very disrespectful...
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
she's a's cheaper to subscribe then to buy on the newsstand! :P i LOVED seventeen!!!!!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Like a lot of other girls, I read Seventeen when I was in middle school and I thought I was very cool because of it! I think that, in general, it's a pretty good magazine for girls. Sure, it's generally mainstream and that's not for everyone, but the models tend to look happy and healthy and there are often stories with a little more substance alongside the features about hair and make-up. As far as Oprah, I'm with you, Studio. I generally like her as a person (although I sometimes find her show a little annoying). What she's been able to accomplish in her life is amazing and I like her message of positivity. I've watched a few shows on OWN and they tend to be hit-or-miss. What I don't get is some people's out-and-out obsession with her. It's bizarre, to say the least. My favorite Oprah-related project is the website Living Oprah. She's not doing it any more, but a woman did everything Oprah told her to do for a year, with sometimes hilarious results. I think I first found it after another Sugar reader suggested it, actually!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I was never much of a Seventeen reader, but when I was in middle school/early high school I read CosmoGirl religiously! I had stopped reading it by the time it was discontinued, but I was a still a little sad about it for nostalgic reasons.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
Ha, by the time I was actually Seventeen, I was reading Town & Country and Vanity Fair! However, I do remember subscribing to it between 8th and 10th grades. Somewhere around there. I love Oprah, I really do, and I really like her new channel. However, I am not in love with her in the way many other people are. I think she gives good advice, she's a great role model, and she's really empowering, but I just use her as guidance. She's not God!
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I loved Seventeen magazine too growing up. Looked forward to reading it every month.
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