Seventeen Magazine: Give Girls Images of Real Girls!
  • Petitioned Jordan Barnes

This petition was delivered to:

Photo Director, Seventeen Magazine
Jordan Barnes
Editor-In-Chief, Seventeen Magazine
Anna Shokets
Executive Editor, Seventeen Magazine
Jessica Musumeci
Executive Managing Editor, Seventeen Magazine
Sally Abbey
Fashion Director, Seventeen Magazine
Gina Kelly
Deputy Editor, Seventeen Magazine
Annemarie Conte

Seventeen Magazine: Give Girls Images of Real Girls!

    1. Julia Bluhm
    2. Petition by

      Julia Bluhm

      Waterville, ME

July 2012


Win! After over 84,000 people signed Julia's petition and she and her fellow SPARK Summit activists hand-delivered the petitions to the executive editor of Seventeen, the magazine has made a commitment to not alter the body size or face shape of the girls and models in the magazine and to feature a diverse range of beauty in its pages. 

Julia's message to all her supporters: "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!"

To sign Emma and Carina's petition, which asks Teen Vogue to follow in Seventeen's footsteps and make the vow not to alter girls, go to

Girls want to be accepted, appreciated, and liked. And when they don’t fit the criteria, some girls try to “fix” themselves. This can lead to eating disorders, dieting, depression, and low self esteem.

I’m in a ballet class with a bunch of high-school girls. On a daily basis I hear comments like: “It’s a fat day,” and “I ate well today, but I still feel fat.” Ballet dancers do get a lot of flack about their bodies, but it’s not just ballet dancers who feel the pressure to be “pretty”. It’s everyone. To girls today, the word “pretty” means skinny and blemish-free. Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that “pretty” girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.

Here’s what lots of girls don’t know. Those “pretty women” that we see in magazines are fake. They’re often photoshopped, air-brushed, edited to look thinner, and to appear like they have perfect skin. A girl you see in a magazine probably looks a lot different in real life.  As part of SPARK Movement, a girl-fueled, national activist movement, I’ve been fighting to stop magazines, toy companies, and other big businesses from creating products, photo spreads and ads that hurt girls’ and break our self-esteem.  With SPARK, I’ve learned that we have the power to fight back.

That’s why I’m asking Seventeen Magazine to commit to printing one unaltered -- real -- photo spread per month. I want to see regular girls that look like me in a magazine that’s supposed to be for me.

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 these photoshopped images can be. I’m a teenage girl, and I don’t like what I see. None of us do. Will you join us by signing this petition and asking Seventeen to take a stand as well and commit to one unaltered photo spread a month?

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Sign, Spoof and SPARK’d to Celebrate Seventeen Petition!

      Julia Bluhm
      Petition Organizer

      Fellow SPARK Movement blogger Maya writes on the petition's amazing success so far - THANK YOU - and what else you can do to help support us!

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jennifer mackin OTTAWA, ON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      If you specifically said "Photoshop" they will agree... to appease the masses and decrease focus and bad publicity... what you are likely missing in this picture is that they will use illustrator, you should watch how you word your petitions.

    • Timothy Thatcher LANSING, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      For my mother, my sisters, ,my daughters, my grandchildren...think freely.

      • over 2 years ago

      I totally agree

    • Tabitha Stringfield KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I have three daughters and I want them to see what real girls and women look like. I don't want them to grow up feeling bad about their looks.

    • Ivey Moul MULBERRY, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      There are too many insecure girls and we need real people to show us that it's okay to look the way we do. That way, none of us would be as inclined to change our appearances.


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