Fourteen-year-old Julia Bluhm is taking a stand: against Photoshop. Julia, who blogs for the “girl-fueled activist” web site SPARK Movement has started a petition asking Seventeen magazine to include one photo spread free of retouching in each issue.
“To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free. Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin,” writes Julia. And it’s true. So much of what we see in magazines today is Photoshopped—pimples are smoothed over and stomach rolls are erased. Stars and models who are already gorgeous are made to look impossibly perfect.
Tomorrow at 11am, to help spread her message, Julia will be staging a mock photo shoot outside Seventeen‘s headquarters in NYC. Supporters will be able to take photos in front of a backdrop holding up dry erase boards with their messages to Seventeen and then Julia will deliver her petition (which now has over 14,000 signatures) to the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
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