Reader complaints are finally being heard and taken seriously. Just two month after Vogue vowed to ban models who are underage and too skinny from their pages, Seventeen is responding to similar calls to action. Julia Blumh, a 14-year old girl from Maine was fed up with Photoshopped models littering the pages of fashion magazines for young girls. So she started an online petition asking Seventeen to publish at least 1 unaltered photo in every issue.
In response to the 84,000 signatures on the petition, Seventeen agreed to abandon the practice. In August’s editor’s letter, Ann Shoket revealed that her entire staff signed a pact pledging to “never change girls’ bodies or face shapes” and to only feature “real girls and models who are healthy.” Media Life Magazine (July 2012)