Back in May, there was a protest outside the headquarters of Seventeen magazine where young people came in order to persuade the magazine to stop publishing pictures in it with models who have been heavily digitally altered. The campaign was actually successful and the August edition of the magazine is going to have models who have not been enhanced with Photoshop other than the removal of sits and frizzy hair.
It seems as if this decision has spurred on the protesters as they have now targeted a new magazine, Teen Vogue. A similar protest is taking place outside the magazine’s headquarters and a petition has also been signed by tens of thousands of people in order for Teen Vogue to follow the lead of Seventeen magazine and remove heavily photoshopped models from the magazine.
One of the lead campaigners is Emma Stydahar, who is 17 years old, she said, “Especially when I was younger I would go through these magazines and idolise how these girls looked. I did not realise how much they had been adjusted and how they were portraying an unrealistic body image for me. This was very unhealthy as I was constantly striving for something that was actually impossible to have.”
The teenager decided to take action against these magazines and started a campaign encouraging them to show natural beauty in their magazine, rather than an unrealistic image of it. The organisers of the campaign have said that they are already feeling that Teen Vogue is much more negative about the campaign.
When they went to meet the editor of Seventeen it was reported that the meeting was very positive, something that they are simply not seeing with Teen Vogue. The magazine has so far refused to comment about whether they airbrush their models