By Caitlin Connelly
After facing pressure from a 14-year-old girl and her petition, Seventeen magazine has taken a step forward by stating that they will never digitally alter a girl’s body shape or face again, reports The New York Times.
Julia Bluhm started the petition in April, asking her favourite magazine to print one unaltered photo each month. To date, the viral online petition has received nearly 85,000 signatures.
In the petition, Bluhm explains how girls will try to “fix” themselves when they can’t meet the beauty standards portrayed by most magazines. She also stresses that girls need to understand that the images of pretty, thin and blemish-free models that are peppered throughout magazines are fake. The letter reads:
“For the sake of all the struggling girls all over America, who read Seventeen and think these fake images are what they should be, I’m stepping up. I know how hurtful photoshopped images can be. I’m a teenage girl, and I don’t like what I see.”
In a letter that will appear in Seventeen’s August issue, editor-in-chief Ann Shoket said that the entire staff signed a pact, which includes the promise to “celebrate every kind of beauty.” The magazine will also use their Tumblr site as a means of posting details about some of their photo shoots, including what is changed in a photo—such as a big fold in a piece of clothing—before it goes to print.
Do you think this is a step in the right direction? How much influence do you think magazines have on how girls feel about their body image?