Ahh! The power of social media!
Julia Bluhm's started an online petition asking Seventeen magazine to cool it on the Photoshopping has grown legs!
Since telling our CoCoPerezcious readers about the 13 year old's cause, the petition has received more than 40,000 signatures in less than 3 days!!!
The overwhelming response was hard to ignore and on Wednesday Seventeen invited Julia to New York City to chat with editor Ann Shoket, but not before staging a mini-protest outside the magazine's offices.
Shortly after the meeting, Ann tweeted a pic with the tween, saying:
"I had the pleasure of meeting Julia Bluhm of @sparksummit! So proud of her! We had a deep convo abt girls & the media!"
Later that day, Julia released her own statement on Change.org expressing gratitude to the mag:
"The fact that Seventeen's editor-in-chief met with me in person proves that the voices of teen girls everywhere are getting through. While I would still change some of the ways Seventeen portrays girls, I'm encouraged that they're willing to listen to me and the 30,000 people who've signed my petition. Seventeen's invited me to work with them on this issue, which means we girls – Seventeen's readers – are finally being heard loud and clear. It's really exciting."
Kudos to Julia for standing up for such a great cause and Seventeen for listening!
[Image courtesy of Twitter.]
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