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I think that as a black girl you grow up internalizing all these messages that say you shouldn’t accept your hair or your skin tone or your natural features, or that you shouldn’t have a voice, or that you aren’t smart. I feel like the only way to fight that is to just be yourself on the most genuine level and to connect with other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they’ve been trying to conform. Amandla Stenberg for Teen Vogue, Feb 2016 

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February cover star Amandla Stenberg gathers her friends and shares the wonders of #blackgirlmagic in our exclusive video series: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/amandla-stenberg-teen-vogue-exclusive-video-series

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Young Love for Teen Vogue by Olivia Bee

Kyle and Diana, 2016

Briley and Leslie, 2016

Victoria and Taylor, 2016

Marcus and R’el, 2016

Kyle and Diana, 2016

Kyle and Diana, 2016

Mars and Coco, 2016 

Marcus and R’el, 2016

Briley and Leslie, 2016

Briley and Leslie, 2016

Styled by Kat Typaldos. Makeup by Regina Harris. Hair by Ayumi Yamamoto. 

Introducing our February cover star, Amandla Stenberg! The actress and activist opens up to Solange Knowles about learning to love her blackness: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/amandla-stenberg-interview-teen-vogue-february-2016

“After all of this crap was going on in my life… I had to sit down and say, ‘who are you?’… I stopped trying to find myself in these other inanimate objects, people, and ideas. I realized it isn’t about finding yourself—it’s about creating yourself.” - Willow Smith covers our new Global Issue as the coolest girl in the world:  http://tnvge.co/aV4S5A6

Photo by: Emma Summerton

Styled by: Ondine Azoulay