Teenager Wins! Seventeen's Use of Photoshop Curtailed. Teen Vogue is Next! - Page 2
Finally, pressured by the negative publicity directed by various media outlets who featured Bluhm's story, the magazine caved-in and Bluhm and her supporters cheered their victory. Bluhm, who knows how entrenched the "perfect-looking" beauty ethic is for magazines, didn't think that Seventeen would step forward and commit to change.
“I hoped that Seventeen would do this but I guess I didn’t think it would actually happen. It’s been really exciting for me,” said the teenager.
Seventeen's editor Ann Shoket in the August issue included a letter and body peace treaty that states Seventeen will “never change girls’ body or face shapes,” and “celebrate every kind of beauty in our pages.” Additionally, the entire staff vowed to include behind-the-scenes photos on the magazine's Tumblr page revealing what occurs during an actual photo shoot.
Julia Bluhm is not finished protesting. She has joined Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar in posting a petition on Change.org, this time against Teen Vogue's Photoshopped images. What is their hope? To have the magazine reveal real girls real images...ethnic girls right off the street, not wafer thin phantasmagorias who are so fabulous they don't exist.
Perhaps it is too late for the generation of women in their 20s and beyond to change and reverse the ethos of "uber thin is beautiful" and "looking young is EVERYTHING." But it is not too late for teen girls who have the courage to take a stand. They above all know that the image fascism, discrimination and hatred directed against them must stop. The petitioners have seized the day.
If you'd like to stand with with Carina Cruz, Emma Stydahar and Julia Bluhm in their challenge to Teen Vogue, click here.