For Photoshopping its spreads!
Just about any publication on earth could be accused of that, but in this case, the protest is about demanding that young girls’ bodies are shown as is, so as not to promote eating disorders or other self-esteem issues.
Of course, the spreads consist of models who don’t exactly reflect regular looks anyway, but apparently they’re still retouched to take some poundage off. There’s no such thing as “too thin” in a lot of these youth mags.
The protest’s official statement:
“Seventeen readers supporting a new campaign on Change.org calling for one un-photoshopped photo spread per month will demonstrate outside of the magazine’s headquarters on Wednesday.
“A group of young women will stage a mock photo shoot celebrating their bodies just the way they are and deliver 13,000 signatures gathered through social action platform Change.org.
“Julia Bluhm, a 14-year-old member of the girl-led SPARK Movement, is leading the campaign on Change.org following Glamour magazine‘s recent decision to stop altering photos of models to make them appear slimmer.
“Bluhm, an eighth grade ballet dancer, says she hopes Seventeen will decide to follow suit to promote positive body image amongst their teen readership.”
It’s at 11 a.m. today at the mag’s headquarters, 300 West 57th Street.
Don’t worry about what you look like!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 2, 2012