Teen Girl Petitions Seventeen Magazine to Stop Airbrushing Models
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|Wed, 05-02-2012 - 12:52pm|
Eleven days ago, Julia Bluhm, a 14 year old eighth grader from rural Waterville, Maine launched a petition to ask Seventeen magazine to feature one un-retouched photo shoot a month. She said, "They have already done a lot to help girls improve their body image. Their Body Peace feature is great. I thought that they could take it one step further with an unaltered photo spread."
As of today, May 2, Bluhm's petition has nearly 24 thousand signatures. She is surprised how quickly it's taken off. "I didn't think it would get this big," she laughs. Even though she hasn't quite reached her goal of 25 thousand signatures, editors are already listening. Bluhm says Anne Shoket, the magazine's Editor-in-Chief, has reached out and asked to see the petition.
I think that's pretty awesome! Would you like to see magazines, especially those appealing to young women, adopt a "one unaltered photo shoot per month" policy?