“Dear Seventeen Magazine, How Can We Relate to Computer Altered Photos?”

Via on May 2, 2012

“Teen girls deliver 15,000 signatures from petition on Change.org to Seventeen headquarters, hold mock photo shoot outside to celebrate their bodies ‘just the way they are.'”

Fourteen year-old Julia Bluhm coordinated with the SPARK Movement to help promote her popular petition on Change.org calling on Seventeen to feature a photoshop-free spread each month.

I’m amazed at these girls; they are standing up for something that most grown women haven’t yet. Magazines can and have been a wonderful part of our literary and media community. But when women’s magazines—particularly ones geared at teens—do nothing but manufacture discontent with our bodies and our lives, it’s time for a change.

Bluhm delivered the 15,000 (and counting) signatures to Seventeen Magazine’s editor-in-chief Anne Shoket today in person after the morale boosting mock photo shoot:

“I’m a teenage girl, and I know how it feels to think you’re not good enough,” said Bluhm, who launched the campaign on Change.org. “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.”“I started this petition to help girls see that they’re not alone,” Bluhm added. “Seventeen Magazine is supposed to be a relatable magazine, right? How can we relate to computer altered photos?”


More from the photo shoot:




For more information on SPARK Movement:

SPARK is a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. SPARK collaborates with hundreds of girls 13-23 and more than 60 national organizations to reject the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls’ healthy sexuality and self-esteem.


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Photos: Emilia Gutierrez


About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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