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The Invention of Teenagers
June 12, 2013, 11:39 am
Filed under: Nostalgia, Photography

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Can you imagine being a teenager today? I’d probably die. I mean just thinking of the dynamics that social media brings to the hierarchy of teenage measures of acceptance makes me cringe. And basing my disgust at the current set of “role models” and idolized celebrities (ahem, the empire of shallowness that is the Kardashians) I often wonder where I’d fall along the line of today’s teenage standards. Yeah, I’d probably die.

Thinking of all this led me to these images, from a seemingly simpler time, and the dawn of the concept of teenager. From a LIFE feature in December of 1944, shot by photographer Nina Leen, these images focus on the carefree (despite wartime) world of the typical all-American teenage girl. Not to say that it was without drama (and then there’s the whole conformity thing), but still, there’s something very captivating about this life passed.

A great read check out the original feature and full gallery at LIFE online.

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