Protect Gabby Douglass's image from sexual exploitation
  • Petitioned Essence Magazine

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Essence Magazine
Photo Editor
Tracey Woods
Senior Writer
Jeannine Amber

Protect Gabby Douglass's image from sexual exploitation

    1. Scotty Reid
    2. Petition by

      Scotty Reid

      Mount Holly, NC

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Conner WILSON, LA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am signing because young girls are dressing to sexy in the media, and need to refrain from that image, and maintain a look or style that reflects age appropriateness.

    • Lex Dove WEST CHESTER, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I have four daughters and they deserve to have positive images placed in front of them. Especially, magazines we've supported for years!!!

    • Ajali Maat ROCK HILL, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      Self hate plagues our community, this is not a positive image for our already damaged youth.

    • Walter Umrani NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 1 year ago

      For 400 year Black women have been exploited. Are we as Proud Black people going to allow this to continue byanyone.

    • celeste minton LITHONIA, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      gabby is a 16 yr old not 21 yet please allow her to enjoy the remainder of her youth without the sexual image that is being forced on her ,,


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