As a result of a petition, Seventeen Magazine recently announced that it will make more of an effort to feature real girls in their spreads without altering body or face shapes. I’m happy that the magazine has spoken out about this, but a little bit confused about their commitment. In the article publised by NPR, Ann Shoket, Editor in Chief of Seventeen, said that they “never have, never will” alter face or body shape of the models in their magazine. So, somethings wrong here. Either they have or they haven’t altered the images. I think its more on the haven’t because otherwise why would people petition, and why would they inflict a new “policy” about being more “public” about it… What does that even mean?!? If they’re lying about past commitment to the issue then should we believe that they’ll change? I think there is some sketchy hesitation that Seventeen is hiding here.
Nevertheless, the petition for Teen Vogue to cut back on photoshopping is in effect. Click here to sign.