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SEVENTEEN LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ‘PRETTY AMAZING’ COVER STAR

Seventeen magazine, the fashion and beauty authority for 13 million teen girls, today launches the third annual ‘Pretty Amazing’ contest. The magazine begins its search for the ultimate real girl to appear on the magazine’s October 2013 cover. Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing cover contest, presented by Neutrogena®, is open to all teen girls in America who are inspirational, creative, and talented and have an amazing story to tell.

Starting today, girls nationwide can enter the contest by sharing their story and submitting a photo at seventeen.com/prettyamazing. In the last two years, over 60,000 teens and young women have entered the contest and shared their remarkable stories.

Past finalists have included the youngest African-American female pilot to fly across country; a race-car driver with 100 wins under her belt; a gay-rights activist who created a national Spirit Day to honor LGBTQ teens; a 16-year old photographer who has already shot for international fashion magazines and major ad campaigns including Nike, and a documentary filmmaker who used film to pull herself out of ADD and depression.

For the finalists and winners, the contest can be life-changing. In 2012, the winner was 21-year-old Lindsay Brown, a champion soccer player at NCAA 1 Division Notre Dame who gave up her place on the team and a full scholarship to dedicate herself to her own non-profit, The SEGway project which teaches sports—and confidence—to girls in developing nations. Since her win, Lindsay used her newfound recognition to expand her non-profit, bringing her campaign to Kenya.

Pretty Amazing’s first winner in 2011, Zoe Damacela, grew up homeless, but used her entrepreneurial skills to create her own fashion business and propel herself and her family out of their low-income circumstances. Since her appearance on the cover of Seventeen, Zoe’s fashion business has been booming, she was invited to speak at the White House and is now filming a television pilot.

“This contest celebrates our readers for the amazing things they do every day,” says Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen. “These girls are forging their own paths, inspiring others, and making their dreams come true, they’re the ultimate cover stars.”

The Pretty Amazing winner will be selected by Shoket, along with pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen.

Girls nationwide can enter the contest until April 30, 2013. For more information, including contest rules, advice, and inspiration, visit http://www.seventeen.com/prettyamazing.