Give us real girls! 14-year-old launches bid to stop Seventeen magazine from airbrushing models in fashion shoots
20:02 GMT, 30 April 2012
A teenage reader of Seventeen magazine is on a mission to eliminate the title's excessive use of airbrushing.
Julia Bluhm, a 14-year-old girl from Maine, has created a petition entitled Seventeen Magazine: Give Girls Images Of Real Girls!
The eighth-grade student requests that editors of the Hearst title 'commit to printing one unaltered – real – photo spread per month.'
Outspoken: Julia Bluhm (pictured), 14, has petitioned against Seventeen magazine for its heavy use of airbrushing within its pages
The teenager has uploaded the petition, which has attracted almost 8,000 signatures, on the campaigning website Change.org.
Miss Bluhm, who is also a regular blogger for the 'girl-fueled' activist site Sparksummit.com, wrote in her petition that 'those pretty women that we see in magazines are fake.'
She continued: 'They're often Photoshopped, airbrushed, edited to look thinner and to appear like they have perfect skin. A girl you see in a magazine probably looks a lot different in real life.'
She also claimed that the constant use of airbrushing by the title has led to low self-esteem levels among her friends.
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The petition read: 'Girls want to be accepted, appreciated and liked. And when they don't fit the criteria, some girls like to fix themselves. This can lead to eating disorders, dieting, depression and low self-esteem.'
Miss Bluhm, who is also enrolled in ballet classes at her middle school, recalled some of the comments she hears at school, in the petition.
'They're often Photoshopped, airbrushed,
edited to look thinner and to appear like they have perfect skin'
They include 'It's a fat day' and 'I ate well today but I still feel fat.'
The outspoken teenager also targeted the media, claiming that it 'tells us that pretty girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.'
While such criticism is often voiced, the words are less commonly heard coming out of the mouth of a child.
It seems that the title's own readers are fed up with the misrepresentation of models.
'I'm a teenage girl and I don't like what I see,' the petition read.
The news comes after Glamour magazine, a competing title, announced that it would take a stricter stand on the representation of women by asking its photographers to refrain from altering images even if requested to do so by the subject.