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Petitioning Essence Magazine and 2 others

Protect Gabby Douglass's image from sexual exploitation

The Black Talk Media Project is calling for concerned parents of teenage girls and others in the community to petition Essence Magazine about its upcoming layout of a photo shoot featuring Gabby Douglass in their October and November issue.

Based on the images that have been released, we have concerns that this beautiful Black role model for our youth is going to be sexualized in media like so many other teenage "celebrities".

This type of media has been shown in numerous studies to be harmful to our teenaged girl's mental, emotional and physical health. Essence Magazine should be careful to only publish age appropriate photos. Thank you.

Letter to
Essence Magazine
Photo Editor Tracey Woods
Senior Writer Jeannine Amber
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Essence Magazine.

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Protect Gabby Douglass's image from sexual exploitation

We are reaching out to Essence Magazine about its upcoming lay out of a photo shoot featuring Gabby Douglass. Based on the images that have been released, we have concerns that this beautiful role model for our youth, image is going to be sexualized like so many other teenage "celebrities in all forms of media.

This type of media has been shown to be harmful to the health of our youth by numerous studies. Please be sure to only publish age appropriate photos. Thank you.
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Sincerely,