Editing Awareness Symbol

Editing Awareness Symbol

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Eiligh Buckell started this petition to Everyone and

Many of the images that are presented to the world aren't realistic. They perhaps look realistic because the individuals within the images have all the features of a human being however if you look more closely at these images they are perhaps the furthest things from realistic human beings you might find. But they are still being presented as realistic.

To give an example, magazine front covers. Even though in the last decade there have been great efforts made to increase the diversity of those features on magazine covers, people featured on the covers still aren't completely realistic to those you'd see walking down the street. And there isn't anything wrong with this. Of course magazines want to try and entice readers with attractive covers, of course adverts want to promote their products and of course influencers want to look their best for their online communities. That is all perfectly acceptable. But what isn't acceptable is the fact that no-where on any of these images does it say whether or not it's been edited to look 'so perfect'.

A sign or symbol of some sort needs to be made a requirement for images such as these. Just a subtle little emblem in the corner to remind the viewers of the image that it's been photoshopped or edited or face tuned. Until something like this is done there will be forever be people who glance at these images and feel bad about how they don't look like that because it's been presented as a realistic ideal. And whilst organisations can teach about body confidence and loving yourself for who you are, the issue of people comparing themselves to those in the media will not be solved unless people can see that the images are not real and the looks unattainable without computer software.

By putting your name to this petition you help to take a stand against highly edited images being passed off as realistic and not needing to display anything to show it. So I urge you to sign it, and help the world move towards a more honest media representation of what people do and should look like.

(The YouTube Video included in this petition is not owned or created by me, it simply illustrates how much images can be changed through photoshop to the extent where the person looks completely different. Thus highlighting the need for companies to show when an image has been augmented.)

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