One person can make a difference!
In April, an AH-MAY-ZING 14-year-old named Julia Bluhm began a campaign to get Seventeen magazine to post an unaltered photo in their magazine each month, compared to the photoshopped one.
The Maine teen started a petition on Change.org, which got 84,000 signatures, and she even protested in front of Seventeen Magazine’s headquarters to persuade the mag to do things differently.
After a few months, the public has rallied behind this initiative and Seventeen has responded! The editor-in-chief, Ann Shoket, is going to print an eight-point Body Peace Treaty in her new editor’s letter, part of which will say:
"Recently I’ve heard from some girls who were concerned that we’d strayed from our promise to show real girls as they really are. A lot of the comments were about Photoshopping or digitally enhancing photos. Readers wondered if we had gone too far. Like all magazines, we retouch images — removing wrinkles in fabric, stray hairs, a few zits, random bra straps — but we never alter the way the girls on our pages really look. It’s crucial that we represent girls of all shapes, sizes, and skin tones for their real beauty. Our Body Peace Project is one of the cornerstones of our mission: We want every girl to stop obsessing about what her body looks like and start appreciating it for what it can do! While we work hard behind the scenes to make sure we’re being authentic, your notes made me realize that it was time for us to be more public about our commitment."
The mag also says that it won’t “change a girl’s body or face shape”, will use “real girls and models who are healthy.” They’ve also agreed to post real pictures from the shoots to Seventeen’s Tumblr page.
Miz Bluhm expressed her excitement on Change.org stating:
“Seventeen listened! They’re saying they won’t use photoshop to digitally alter their models! This is a huge victory, and I’m so unbelievably happy. Another petition is being started by SPARK activists Emma and Carina, targeting Teen Vogue and I will sign it. If we can be heard by one magazine, we can do it with another. We are sparking a change!”
Yay! Photoshopping has been running amuck lately, with magazines even amputating legs and ribs. We’re so excited that a big magazine, like Seventeen, which influences so many young girls, has heard their readers and made an even bigger commitment to promoting a healthy body image!