Back in April, 14-year old Julia Bluhm petitioned Seventeen to stop digitally altering models’ faces and bodies. She got 85,000 signatures, staged a demonstration outside Seventeen‘s offices and met with Seventeen EIC Anne Shoket, who, in response, published a new “Body Peace Treaty” in the teen glossy’s latest issue promising to “Never change girls’ body or face shapes (Never have, never will).”
While Shoket doesn’t actually state that the magazine will stop using Photoshop, and in fact just vows to continue current practices and be more up front about what goes into photo shoots, Bluhm was happy with the results.
Now, Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar, 16 and 17-year-old members of advocacy group SPARK, of which Bluhm is also a member, have launched a similar petition on Change.org asking Teen Vogue to “Follow Seventeen’s example and pledge not to alter any model’s body or face and to celebrate beauty in all its forms,” which so far has over 26,000 signatures.
Yesterday, Teen Vogue‘s PR director Erin Kaplan (remember her?) released the following statement in response: