10:45 am, July 12th | by Laura Donovan
It’s been fascinating to watch high school girls call upon teen magazines to cut down on Photoshopping and feature more realistic images of young women, but it was only a matter of time before one of the campaigns experienced some bumps in that road. That appears to have happened to 17-year-old Emma Stydahar and 16-year-old Carina Cruz, whose Teen Vogue protest landed earned them a meeting with the publication’s higher-ups on Wednesday. Though the girls drew in a large crowd at their mock photoshoot across the street from Condé Nast’s headquarters, their chat with the magazine’s staffers didn’t go over so smoothly.
2:00 pm, July 11th | by Laura Donovan
Two months after 14-year-old Julia Bluhm called on Seventeen to start featuring more realistic images of young women in the glossy pages of the magazine, fellow SPARK movement activists Emma Stydahar and Carina Cruz led a mock photoshoot protest of their own in hopes of convincing Teen Vogue to never alter the photographs of models and include more diverse content.
1:30 pm, July 8th | by Laura Donovan
I was ecstatic to learn that tenacious Maine teenager Julia Bluhm was successful in her campaign to get Seventeen magazine to tone down its retouching of pictures. The publication has pledged 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,” and while this could do a lot for readers who made be in a vulnerable place or uncomfortable with their looks, Daily Beast columnist Jim Warren has a point that we could learn something from altered mag photos.
In a new column for Tina Brown’s brainchild, Warren argues that keeping unaltered snapshots in media has the potential to instill skepticism in young readers.
9:45 am, July 5th | by Laura Donovan
Following the successful protest from 14-year-old Julia Bluhm to get Seventeen magazine to cut down its photoshopping of models, two SPARK Movement teenagers are asking Teen Vogue to do the same.
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.”
10:21 am, June 7th | by Laura Donovan
America’s sweetheart Mandy Moore may have graced the covers of countless magazines in her career, but that doesn’t mean she thinks the publications always have the best interests of female readers in mind. During a Thursday morning appearance on “Starting Point,” the Dove spokeswoman said that self-esteem problems are common among girls and that these young ladies need “tangible” day-to-day role models–such as their mother or teacher–to look up to.
Former Seventeen Editor Joins Teen Photoshop Activist: I “Fought For More Realistic Images” While At Mag
1:21 pm, May 10th | by Amy Tennery
It was only a month ago that 14-year-old Julia Bluhm started a campaign asking Seventeen magazine to publish just one un-Photoshopped photo-spread per issue. At the time, few could have imagined the scope that her protest would achieve. After all, she was just one of many young women fed up with seeing page after page of unrealistic images in the magazines she read.
But after launching a massive campaign, which included delivering 25,000 signatures to the Seventeen office in a single day, and garnering widespread media attention, it’s clear she was on the right track.
And now Bluhm (who’s raked upwards of 60,000 petition signatures total, if you’re curious) has made a powerful ally.
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.
1:45 pm, May 2nd | by Laura Donovan
We Millenials love to mope about the plight of the 20-something, but there’s nothing compared to the awfulness of one’s middle school/early high school years. At that time, you probably have a long way to go before growing into your appearance or feeling comfortable with the way you look, and heavily edited images of women in magazines do nothing to boost your ego.
That’s why 14-year-old Julia Bluhm and Change.org hosted a mock photoshoot in protest of photoshopped models outside Seventeen magazine’s headquarters on Wednesday.