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The Fine Print For This 'Pretty Amazing' Contest For Girls Makes Me *Facepalm*

In March 2012, Seventeen magazine launched its second annual Pretty Amazing Contest which offers a $20,000 scholarship to girls who have done "pretty amazing" things like raising money for the National Eating Disorders Association. Sounds great, right? Nope. Check out the fine print. No wonder the National Eating Disorders Association needs money. Jerks like the editors at Seventeen are telling girls being pretty is more valuable than their "pretty amazing" accomplishments.



Congrats to SPARK Summit and the #KeepItReal campaign for their recent victory in getting Seventeen to agree to stop altering the models in their magazine. Progress!

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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