Yesterday, a half-dozen teens teamed up with SPARK Movement to stage a mock runway show near Condé Nast as part of an effort to get Teen Vogue to be more transparent with its photography and Photoshopping practices. Headed up by Emma Stydahar, 17, and Carina Cruz, 16, the group met with Teen Vogue staffers at 3:30, armed with a Change.org petition of over 28,000 signatures. The girls hoped to replicate the success they had with Seventeen, which responded to a similar petition with a "Body Peace Treaty", that, among other things, pledged not to alter models' faces or bodies.
It doesn't sound like the teens got the response they wanted. In a blog entry posted this morning on their website, SPARKmovement.org, teen protester Britney Franco says that staffers met with the girls "for less than five minutes." If that doesn't sound like enough time to air grievances, apparently it wasn't. According to Franco, staffers made no mention of the petition or of their photoshop practices, and their sole response was to hand Emma and Carine copies of Teen Vogue to use to "learn about the magazine."
Franco states that they are disappointed but not giving up. We've reached out to Teen Vogue and are awaiting comment.
Here is Teen Vogue's Response:
We are always open to readers feedback and were receptive to meeting with Emma and Carina to give them an opportunity to discuss their concerns. As addressed in our prior statement, we feature dozens of non-models and readers every year and do not retouch them to alter their body size. We will continue to show real girls on the pages of our magazine.