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Teen Vogue: Give Us Images of Real Girls!
  • Petitioned Amy Astley
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue
Amy Astley
Senior Public Relations Director, Teen Vogue
Erin Kaplan
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Publisher, Teen Vogue
Jason Wagenheim

Teen Vogue: Give Us Images of Real Girls!

    1. Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar
    2. Petition by

      Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar

      New York, NY

(We have started a new petition asking Teen Vogue advertisers Neutrogena, Tampax, and Clean & Clear to stand with us. Please sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/neutrogena-tampax-and-clean-clear-stand-with-teen-girls)

This past May, we staged our own photo shoot outside Seventeen Magazine’s Manhattan office; real girls demanding to see real girls in the pages of magazines. We were there with our co-SPARKteam member Julia to ask Seventeen to print one unaltered photo spread a month in their magazine.

Teen girl-targeting magazines bombard young women with images that have been distorted and digitally altered with programs including Photoshop. These photoshopped images are extremely dangerous to girls like us who read them, because they keep telling us: you are not skinny enough, pretty enough or perfect enough. Well, neither are the girls in the pictures! As teen girls, we know first hand how hurtful the photoshopped pictures in these magazines can be for our body image and self-esteem. We supported Julia as she launched her campaign and we celebrated when SHE WON!

We’re really excited, because Seventeen didn’t just promise one un-photoshopped spread a month, they went even further by promising not to change the faces or body size of their models, to listen to readers’ feedback and to celebrate beauty in all of its diverse shapes, sizes and colors.

This is huge; the beginning of a revolution in the way girls see themselves across the girls’ magazine industry. That’s why we’re now asking Teen Vogue to do the same.

This year, Vogue pledged to not work with underage models or models who appear to have eating disorders and to encourage their designers to provide more realistically sized samples for models’ outfits. This is a great first step, but now we’re asking Teen Vogue to take a bigger leap.

Teen Vogue: Follow Seventeen’s example and pledge not to alter any model’s body or face and to celebrate beauty in all its forms.

It’s time for an end to the digitally enhanced, unrealistic “beauty” we see in the pages of magazines. We are demanding that teen magazines stop altering natural bodies and faces so that real girls can be the new standard of beauty.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Erin Kaplan responds:

      Erin Kaplan

      Teen Vogue makes a concerted and continuous effort to promote a positive
      body image among our readers. We feature healthy models on the pages of
      our magazine. We shoot dozens of non-models and readers every year and do
      not retouch them...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Meredith Richardson COLUMBIA, SC
      • 9 months ago

      I am a teen girl who feels woman are misrepresented in this magazine. Give us real women.

    • G T LEMONT, PA
      • 9 months ago

      In recovery from ED

    • Lizzy Rayle ITHACA, NY
      • 9 months ago

      I am a teenager who suffers with an eating disorder because of body image.

    • jean leonetti MALVERN, PA
      • 9 months ago

      We are all beautiful just the way we are!! Let's keep it real!!!!

    • Amanda Roff HOUSTON, TX
      • 9 months ago

      I'm naturally (genetically) skinny with a very fast metabolism, but I still have troubles not putting myself down every time I see edited photos of people who seem so skinny, so beautiful, so perfect. I'm only 14, yet I know some already thin girls in my grade who diet like crazy. I know a lot of girls who are extremely self conscious about their facial looks, as well. This is caused mainly by the pressures of having to look a certain way or be judged. Those girls either take it out on themselves, destroying their self confidence, or on others, seen as bullying or girl nastiness. It's not pretty. I confess to having jealous thoughts about others, desperately trying to find any flaw to make myself feel better. I don't want the next generation of girls to have to struggle with this. We have to break it down piece by piece, and this is a small step on a very long path.


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