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Tue Jul 3, 2012, 09:50 PM

Teen Vogue: Give Us Images of Real Girls!

http://www.change.org/petitions/teen-vogue-give-us-images-of-real-girls

This past May, we staged our own photo shoot outside Seventeen Magazine’s Manhattan office; real girls demanding to see real girls in the pages of magazines. We were there with our co-SPARKteam member Julia to ask Seventeen to print one unaltered photo spread a month in their magazine.

Teen girl-targeting magazines bombard young women with images that have been distorted and digitally altered with programs including Photoshop. These photoshopped images are extremely dangerous to girls like us who read them, because they keep telling us: you are not skinny enough, pretty enough or perfect enough. Well, neither are the girls in the pictures! As teen girls, we know first hand how hurtful the photoshopped pictures in these magazines can be for our body image and self-esteem. We supported Julia as she launched her campaign and we celebrated when SHE WON!

We’re really excited, because Seventeen didn’t just promise one un-photoshopped spread a month, they went even further by promising not to change the faces or body size of their models, to listen to readers’ feedback and to celebrate beauty in all of its diverse shapes, sizes and colors.

This is huge; the beginning of a revolution in the way girls see themselves across the girls’ magazine industry.
That’s why we’re now asking Teen Vogue to do the same.

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You go, girls!

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 10:00 PM

1. This reminds me of something the Dalai Lama said


about how western women can save the world.

If a new generation of women like this is coming up, I'm ecouraged for all of us. This is a first step at pushing back at the unreal world of values the corporate marketers have been feeding us for their profit.



Here's an article about it
http://dalailamacenter.org/blog-post/western-women-can-come-rescue-world

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 10:03 PM

2. K&R'd!

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 10:18 PM

3. But, but, but, "Science, It's a Girl Thing"

Read about it Here (from SkepChick). From the cited site, a video that as much says that girls should probably go into cosmetology rather than cosmology.

Disgusting! SkepChick gets it right.

Thanks for the OP.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 10:27 PM

4. We seriously need to do this with all women's magazines nt

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 10:28 PM

5. I don't read Seventeen, I am slightly over 17 by almost 3 decades

But, it is a magazine at the checkout in a store I am in quite often. I have notices something. Those pics on the cover have no moles, pimple or any blemish. But, the same person in a different magazine will have them. I don't know who they thought they were fooling anyway.

I think it is about time. We should teach young ladies to be proud of themselves as they are and don't give them some fantasy of how people are suppose to look.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2012, 11:00 PM

6. they should simply say, "A variety of girls"

there's no sense in insinuationg skinny gals are not "real" girls - they simply are not ALL girls

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 11:11 AM

7. It's because of photoshopping. Photoshopping makes the girls appear perfect.

Therefore they are not showing "real" girls.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 05:50 PM

9. OK, literally real :)

I just get tired of hearing that apparently I am not a "real woman" because I have never worn double-digit sized clothing

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 11:12 AM

8. for some reason they want to present the image that girls/women in magazines should be as

skinny as sticks.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 06:31 PM

10. In the late '70s, I worked for a magazine in Miami.

We had a makeup artist do several makeovers of a teenage girl. In one of the shots, she was made up to look just like Marilyn Monroe. I was shocked to learn that this girl was only 15 years old. And we did not have Photoshop at that time.

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