Seventeen Listens To 14-Year-Old, Agrees To Stop Photoshopping Models
12:15 pm, July 4th | by Laura Donovan
I learned this week that you’re never too young to make a difference. 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, who staged a protest two months ago to get Seventeen magazine to cut down on its photoshopping of models, is quite the mover and shaker, as her petition convinced the publication “to not alter the body size or face shape of the girls and models in the magazine and to feature a diverse range of beauty in its pages.”
The Maine teenager, who gathered 84,000 signatures for her cause, gushed over the victory through her Change.org petition:
“Seventeen listened! They’re saying they won’t use photoshop to digitally alter their models! This is a huge victory, and I’m so unbelievably happy. Another petition is being started by SPARK activists Emma and Carina, targeting Teen Vogue and I will sign it. If we can be heard by one magazine, we can do it with another. We are sparking a change!”
Before we know it, all the magazines will have fewer doctored pictures and readers won’t have to feel pressure to slim down. There may, however, be more memes like this, so don’t be surprised if celebrities are the next to complain. Back to the point: serious congratulations are in order for Bluhm, who may very well have just changed the way teenagers view themselves from now on.