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Give Girls Images Of Real Girls

Emma Stydahar, 17, left, Julia Bluhm, 14, and Natasha Williams, 17, Picture found on Huffington Post (AP Photo/Leanne Italie)


After the very encouraging Orren Fox a few posts ago, another very brave young person: Julia Bluhm:

Julia Bluhm, a fourteen year old girl started a protest against thousands of girls participated in that petition on “Seventeen Magazine: Give Girls Images Of Real Girls!” This Petition wants that the Magazine doesn’t shows any Pictures from photoshopped unreal pictures of teenage girls.

Facing pressure from teen girls demanding truthful images of young women, Seventeen magazine has vowed to  “celebrate every kind of beauty” and feature only photographs of real girls and models who are healthy.

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Julia hopes, that this is an important step towards more positive media role models and healthier body image for teen girls.

See here the moving petition letter:

Give Girls Images of Real Girls!


I just signed the following petition addressed to: Seventeen.

Give Girls Images of Real Girls!

Girls want to be accepted, appreciated, and liked. And when they don’t fit the criteria, some girls try to “fix” themselves. This can lead to eating disorders, dieting, depression, and low self esteem.

I’m in a ballet class with a bunch of high-school girls. On a daily basis I hear comments like: “It’s a fat day,” and “I ate well today, but I still feel fat.” Ballet dancers do get a lot of flack about their bodies, but it’s not just ballet dancers who feel the pressure to be “pretty”. It’s everyone. To girls today, the word “pretty” means skinny and blemish-free. Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that “pretty” girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.

Here’s what lots of girls don’t know. Those “pretty women” that we see in magazines are fake. They’re often photoshopped, air-brushed, 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. As part of SPARK Movement, a girl-fueled, national activist movement, I’ve been fighting to stop magazines, toy companies, and other big businesses from creating products, photo spreads and ads that hurt girls’ and break our self-esteem. With SPARK, I’ve learned that we have the power to fight back.

That’s why I’m asking Seventeen Magazine to 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.

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. I know how hurtful these photoshopped images can be. I’m a teenage girl, and I don’t like what I see. None of us do. Will you join us by signing this petition and asking Seventeen to take a stand as well and commit to one unaltered photo spread a month?


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