Missy Elliot on the cover of Faze Magazine!
We all want to be rich and famous. Not just a-cool-car-and-nice-clothes kind of rich, but a-car-for-every-day-of-the-week-and-a-different-outfit-for-every-day-of-the-year kind of rich. And so famous that when Ashton Kutcher calls us to tell us about his latest idea for a great Punk’d episode we’re too busy getting ready for a night out with Colin Farrell.
But who doesn’t want that kind of life? It’s the way of the Western world [see Show Me the Money, page 54]. We just want to be happy, so we go to school every day so we can learn what we need to in order to make lots of money when we get out, or we practice singing into our hairbrush every night so we can be an overnight success and get signed to a major label, or we starve ourselves so a scout from a top modelling agency will spot us waiting for a bus, and ask us to be a runway model in Paris. Sometimes we want it so badly we’re blinded to reality and end up getting scammed by some con artist feeding off of our desire to succeed [see Super Star, page 36].
Although, you’ve got to wonder sometimes, why do so many rich and famous people seem so unhappy? What could have possibly been so wrong with Kurt Cobain’s life that he couldn’t face another day [see SAD, page 52], and why does Eminem still seem so angry with the world, and why hasn’t Bill Gates retired yet? How much money does he really need?
When I saw the streetkid (pictured above) sitting on the sidewalk a million things went through my head (one of which, was that he had a great sense of humour). So, I took his picture, went home, and tried to figure things out. The more I think about it, the more I understand that money and fame have very little to do with happiness.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
Letters To The Editor
I was shocked and disgusted that the best Canadian role model for teenagers you could find was Bif Naked [Back-to-School, 2003] with her tattoos and cleavage.
Joyce, Librarian, Winkler, Manitoba
Editor’s note: Joyce, shame on you for not actually reading the article yet forming such a harsh impression based on appearances. Do you judge your students so superficially? If Jesus walked into your library would you be “shocked and disgusted” by his long shaggy hair and hippy clothes? As for Bif…someone who believes in the need to get involved in our community, that saying ‘no’ to drugs is okay, that violence is not okay, that labeling is wrong, and that every person can make a difference regardless of what they look like, seems like a pretty good role model to us.
I really like your “Oh Canada…and Beyond” section. I love hearing about what teens are doing here and around the world. They’re always really interesting.
David, 13, Glace Bay, NS
Thanks for your article on cosmetic surgery [Bodies Under Construction, Back-to-School 2003]. I’ve been telling my best friend that she doesn’t need to ‘fix’ her nose, and that the biggest problem is in her head not on it, but she hasn’t been listening. I think the article has given her something to think about.
Adrianna, 18, Calmar, AB
I was really upset at the article, “The Sound of Style” [Back-to-School, 2003]. In it, you’re saying that you are what music you listen to, and if you wear Lady Enyce, you can’t like punk music. I have Ashanti’s CD, but the last concert I went to was Avril Lavigne’s. I think it’s totally unfair to judge people by what music they listen to.
Amber, 14, Toronto, ON
Editor’s note: See “Why One?” on page 44. Someone else agrees with you.
Your “Make Money in School” [Back-to-School, 2003] article was amazing. I started my own locker decorating service, and I’ve already made enough money to pay for my airfare to Cancun for March Break!
Hannah, 17, Maple, ON
Thanks for covering Capoeira in your Back-to-School Issue . It’s a totally cool form of martial arts and I’ve been into it for the past two years. It’s pretty impressive on the dance floor, too.
TJ, 16, Cyberspace
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