Zooey Deschanel, Age 17, To Vogue: 'Is Insecurity Something You Want To Advocate?'

05/13/2011 12:08 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

Now making the internet rounds: a letter that teenage Zooey Deschanel wrote to Vogue.

wrote this letter to vogue when I was 17 & someone found it! proud of my feminist teen self. RT @wellsbones:

PS: the vogue letter was published in the magazine! no hard feelings @voguemagazine,love your mag! I was a feisty 17.

A feisty but truthful 17. Don't be ashamed, girl! Read her full message to the glossy below.

Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an "ideal" when you, as a popular women's 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.

Zooey Deschanel
Los Angeles, CA

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