STOP Photoshopping models in magazines

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Too many images of models are photoshopped to look like society’s unrealistic standards of beauty. To some extent, it's fine, but using it on models’ bodies is unnecessary and is harmful to viewers, especially women and girls. One thing to consider is that those who see photoshopped images are affected by it. 42% of girls in grades 1-3 want to be thinner, 78% of 17-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies and 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. The American Medical Association has shown that there are many studies that link retouched images with eating disorders and other medical problems such as body dysmorphic disorder. To add on this, 45% of girls on a recent poll said that images in magazines motivated them to lose weight. Although companies claim that photoshop is about helping sell their product, some studies show that it is not even needed for that. In fact, it has been shown that companies having no-photoshop campaigns can increase sales. Since American Eagle Aerie decided to not use retouching in any of their ads, sales raised nearly 10% because of it. The impact of photoshop in magazines in deeper than we think. The world needs to get rid of it so we can all see how much more accepting women and girls would be with themselves and others without it.



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