Teen Demands Seventeen Magazine Publish Non-Photoshopped Spread

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Another teen is using Change.org to make her voice heard. This time, it's 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, who has rallied more than 7,000 signatures on a petition calling for Seventeen Magazine to print one unaltered photo spread in each of its monthly issues.

"I'm a teenage girl, and I know how it feels to think you're not good enough," Bluhm says. "I want girls to be able to feel good about themselves, and being able to relate to the images in the magazines we read will help."

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Bluhm, a ballet dancer from Maine, hopes Seventeen will follow Glamour's lead, which recently announced it would stop altering images of models to make them look thinner. The 8th grader's petition says Seventeen should use its platform to promote positive body images to its teenage readers.

"Seventeen Magazine is supposed to be a relatable magazine, right? How can we relate to computer altered photos?" Bluhm says.

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"Seventeen is popular with my friends and lots of teen girls. If they agree to print one unaltered spread a month, they could start a trend that will help so many girls like me feel better about their bodies."

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Bluhm, who describes herself as a feminist and an activist, blogs for the SPARK Movement, a girl-led movement fighting the sexualization of women in the media.

Another Change.org campaign started by Michigan teen Katy Butler, petitioning the MPAA to change the rating of Bully, amassed more than half a million signatures last month.

While Bluhm's petition still has a long way to go before reaching the hundreds of thousands of signatures threshold, it joins a growing social media conversation about the promotion of positive body image.

Tumblr and Pinterest have recently updated their policies regarding the promotion of pro-anorexia content.

Is it the responsibility of teen-focused magazines to use their platforms to promote positive body image for young woman? Let us know in the comments if Bluhm has it right.


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