Get It, Girl! Eighth Grader Protests Overuse Of Photoshop In Seventeen MagazineThursday, May 3, 2012 1:56 PM
Our hero of the day is 13-year-old Julia Bluhm (coincidence that her name sounds like Judy Blume? We think not!), who spent a rainy Wednesday morning in New York City protesting the overuse of Photoshop in Seventeen magazine. Even though she’s not old enough to protest without her mom, Bluhm has gathered 45,000 signatures and counting for her petition. She has one simple request, that Seventeen “commit to printing one unaltered—real—photo spread per month.”
“I want to see regular girls that look like me in a magazine that’s supposed to be for me,” Julia says. “For the sake of all the struggling girls all over America, who read Seventeen and think these fake images are what they should be, I’m stepping up.”
We think a “You go, girl!” is in order. Last week we told you about an unusual magazine cover that featured an all-natural cover model, and Glamour recently pledged to limit the use of digital retouching in its pages. Seventeen editor Ann Shoket had a private meeting with Julia after the protest and released a statement supporting the petition, so it looks like the anti-airbrushing movement finally has some real momentum.
Of course, Photoshop disasters are still rampant in most major magazines. However, magazine and photo editors are finally being forced to deal with the backlash.
Would you sign Julia’s petition?