14-year-old Maine teenager Julia Bluhm had enough of the girls around her thinking they were fat for no reason other than the images they saw in magazines so she took matters into her own hands and started a petition -- which already has over 56,000 signatures -- to Seventeen magazine asking for more realistic images of girls. She is asking the magazine to "commit to printing one unaltered — real — photo spread per month.”
Julia and her mom came to NY last week to protest outside the offices of Seventeen against their practices of photoshopping. The protest got picked up in the media so much so that the editors at Seventeen -- who were a bit upset that their magazine was singled out for protest -- felt compelled to engage with the protest and so Julia got to meet the editor in chief Ann Shocket.
What this should remind all of us is the power these magazines still have and the fact that many girls, even those with a heightened awareness, are reading them, and we also should remember that they have the potential to be tools for change.
Thank you Julia for getting people talking about this.