Seventeen magazine is totally listening to its readers: After a 14-year-old girl got more than 12,500 signatures in an online petition to stop the mag from drastically altering images of the models in its pages, editor in chief Ann Shoket has responded with a whole new outlook on body image for the magazine.
Julia Blum has been crusading “to stop magazines, toy companies, and other big businesses from creating products, photo spreads and ads that hurt girls’ and break our self-esteem.” In her petition, she asked the 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.”
Shoket took notice. Although the magazine won’t completely eliminate Photoshop, it’ll be much more open about how it’s used by posting behind-the-scenes footage from photo shoots online. It’s also vowed to use diverse models “who are healthy” and “never change girls’ body or face shapes. Never have, never will.”
Additionally, Seventeen is asking readers to celebrate themselves by signing a Body Peace Treaty that says, among other things, they’ll “never blame my body for the bad day I’m having, stop joining in when my friends compare and trash their own bodies,” and other positive messages.
What do you think of the Body Peace Treaty?