Teen Petitions Seventeen to Stop Using Photoshop; Good Luck, Kid!

A fourteen-year-old girl from Maine is trying to do what body image and feminist activists have been trying to do for years: Stop the prolific use of airbrushed images in magazines. Will she succeed?

Julia Bluhm launched a petition last week to get Seventeen magazine to feature one (just one) un-retouched photo shoot each issue. The 14-year-old activist already has 24 thousand signatures and the list is growing. Wednesday, Buhm took it one step further and staged a mock photo shoot outside Seventeen's offices -- with girls holding signs that said “Where are the Girls Like Me?”

Why all the commotion? Because "photo spreads and ads...hurt girls and break our self-esteem," Bluhm wrote in the petition circulating through Change.org. 

To be fair, the magazine industry says its making (slow but steady) strides to include real women on their pages. Hey, didn't you all see Marie Claire’s makeup-less/unretouched Jessica Simpson cover -- um, two years ago?

Seventeen's Editor-in-Chief, Ann Shoket, met with Bluhm in the magazine’s offices shortly after the protest began -- no doubt in hopes of squashing the commotion. “We're proud of Julia for being so passionate about an issue -- it's exactly the kind of attitude we encourage in our readers,” a Seventeen spokesperson told the Daily News. “We believe that Julia left understanding that Seventeen celebrates girls for being their authentic selves, and that's how we present them.” 

Basically, what they are telling you, Julia, is that this is cute and all but...buzz off! We hope you didn't take the lip service sitting down!

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