(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.