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Miss Seventeen
Created byAtoosa Rubenstein
JudgesAtoosa Rubenstein
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producerAtoosa Rubenstein
Original networkMTV
Original releaseOctober 17 (2005-10-17) –
December 19, 2005 (2005-12-19)

Miss Seventeen is a reality television show on MTV that aired from October 17, 2005 to December 19, 2005. The show consisted of 17 young women competing for an internship at and a college scholarship.[1] Atoosa Rubenstein was the main judge, she was the youngest editor-in-chief ever to run Seventeen magazine. They picked 17 girls from around the United States who were not only photogenic but also had been at the top of their class, to provide a role model for young women. The girls were flown to New York, where they would take part in a contest similar in format to The Apprentice — they would be given tasks to be done by Atoosa, and in each episode one of the girls would be eliminated from the competition. The winner would get her face on the cover of Seventeen magazine, a college scholarship and would be offered an internship job on the magazine.

The criteria for elimination were not only performing poorly — Atoosa was watchful of how the girls talked when no one else was in the room, via cameras set up around the house.[2] In this manner, she could watch the girls with their guards down and see what their real motivations and dreams were. In one elimination, for example, Atoosa sat down with the girl and explained that she didn't feel that the girl was in the contest for the 'right' reasons — video clips were shown to the viewers which showed the girl talking to her other roommates and explaining that she was more interested in the face-time she would get for being part of an MTV show.

Where the format differed from other shows was in the first elimination round and in how the contestants found out who was eliminated. In the first episode, all 17 girls sat around the dinner table with Atoosa and had to describe in brief who they were and what they hoped they would get out of the experience. Based on this conversation, Atoosa eliminated 7 of the girls from the contest. The way the girls would generally find out who was eliminated was by sitting around a TV as Atoosa would talk to them, telling them the results of the tasks they were given. The TV screen would then display the names of the girls who would be staying in the house, written in cursive form. The girl whose name didn't appear on 'The List' was eliminated, and met with Atoosa to hear her reasoning for why she was eliminated.

In the final episode, Jennifer Steele was declared the winner, with her magazine cover unveiled in Times Square.[3][citation needed] It was also revealed that Brianne Burrowes, who voluntarily left the show in an early episode of the series, was offered a job by Atoosa and will be working with Jennifer in their respective internships at the magazine.

Name Hometown Achievements
Brittney Peachtree City, Georgia National Champion Cheerleader
Sasha Kelly Jackson Brooklyn, New York President, Black Student Union
Jennifer Steele Whitewater, Wisconsin Miss Cheerleader Of America Finalist
Caroline Donofrio West Allenhurst, New Jersey Student Council President
Amber Windom, Minnesota High School Class President
Skyler L. Johnson Atlanta, Georgia Economics Major, Harvard University
Jessica Velez Glassboro, New Jersey Homecoming Queen
Kristen Methuen, Massachusetts Editor, High School Newspaper
Nicole Staten Island, New York Pre-Law, St. John's University
Brianne Burrowes Polson, Montana Montana High School Journalist Of The Year
Maria Sajjad Concord, California Muslim Student Association, UCLA
Jill Belsley Morton, Illinois Congressional Page
Savannah Grand Prairie, Texas Miss Tarrant County
Leah Little Rock, Arkansas Dean's List, Vanderbilt University
Julie Coppell, Texas Varsity Tennis MVP
Ashley Lamarque, Texas National Math Honour Society
Connie San Bernardino, California High School Valedictorian


  1. ^ Bosman, Julie (10 October 2005). "Seventeen Magazine and MTV Join for a Reality Show". Business/Financial. The New York Times. p. 8. Retrieved 24 Apr 2010.
  2. ^ Bercovici, Jeff (6 October 2005). "Can Seventeen Make 'Miss' a Hit?". Women's Wear Daily. p. 3.
  3. ^ Kramer, Amanda (3 January 2006). "For Her, Things are Looking up ; Whitewater Student Who Went Through Some Rough Times Wins Magazine's 'Miss Seventeen' Competition". Local. Wisconsin State Journal. p. C1. Retrieved 24 Apr 2010.