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.
5:45 pm, February 8th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Amy Astley has become a force at Conde Nast — and in the magazine industry at large — for transforming Teen Vogue into a pretty amazing global brand. But she didn’t get there by having big staff meetings. She learned that the hard way.