Seventeen To Activist Teen: We Won’t Stop Photoshopping Our Models
3:30 pm, May 3rd | by Laura Donovan
Eighth grader Julia Bluhm probably never expected her Change.org campaign, which urged Seventeen magazine to cut down on airbrushing, to gain more than 45,000 supporters — but the Maine native accomplished just that. Bluhm also made national headlines for her Wednesday mock photo shoot outside Hearst Tower and impressed many with her poise and activism. Though she had an opportunity to meet with a higher up from the popular publication the day following her protest, it doesn’t look as if the mag is going to honor her request for the time being.
In a statement to Nightline, a spokesperson from Seventeen said:
“We’re proud of Julia for being so passionate about an issue — it’s exactly the kind of attitude we encourage in our readers — so we invited her to our office to meet with editor-in-chief Ann Shoket this morning. They had a great discussion, and we believe that Julia left understanding that Seventeen celebrates girls for being their authentic selves, and that’s how we present them. We feature real girls in our pages and there is no other magazine that highlights such a diversity of size, shape, skin tone and ethnicity.”
Bluhm, whose movement demanded nothing more than for Seventeen to “commit to printing one unaltered — real — photo spread per month,” says she hasn’t given up yet, but it’s troubling that the publication wouldn’t take the request of a tenacious young lady into more serious consideration. Sure it features people who weigh more than 110 pounds sometimes, but it’s possible for thin folks to have dimples and cellulite, and that could be part of the reason why Seventeen won’t vow to limit Photoshop.