Adobe Photoshop, the new face of beauty. Whenever we open a magazine, we find models and actresses looking flawless. In fact, they look so good they don’t even seem real. Well, thanks to Adobe Photoshop, anyone in the entertainment industry can achieve this level of ridiculously-good-looking. It’s hard to not say, “I wish I looked like (insert celebrity/model name).” But, we can’t look like them if they are airbrushed!
Julia Bluhm was tired of hearing her peers in ballet class complain about their weight, so the eighth grader started a campaign against altered photos in April. She started her petition on Change.org, she asked for magazines to print one unaltered photo spread once a month. Julia’s petition had more than 80,000 signatures from people around the world. Her campaign proved to be successful when Ann Shoket, Seventeen‘s editor-in-chief, invited Julia for a meeting about the magazine’s new policy on photo enhancements.
Shoket said, the magazine “never has, never will” alter the body or face shapes of its models in an upcoming editor’s letter, which can be seen in Seventeen‘s August’s issue. She also writes that the staff at Seventeen signed an eight-point Body Peace Treaty vowing not to alter natural shapes and include only images of “real girls and models who are healthy.”
“This is a huge victory, and I’m so unbelievably happy,” Bluhm writes on her online petition page about the changes happening at Seventeen.
Honestly, this is a great change for any magazine to make. Magazines make such a huge impact on young girls. Girls compare themselves to the images of models and actresses in magazines. Some girls try to look exactly like models, they even risk their lives just to look as skinny or as pretty as the models. And when we compare ourselves to airbrushed models then we’ll never be able to achieve the digitally enchanced looks.
Magazine companies know they are impacting girls negatively. Even, Vogue announces they are implanting new standards for models. Vogue promised not to use models who are under the age of 16 and they cannot be too thin.
Two other middle-school activist are trying to get Teen Vogue to stop digitally enhancing images of young girls, which as of right now have more than 11,000 signatures. If Vogue can have new standards for models, maybe Teen Vogue will rise and take the new pledge, like Seventeen did.