After Julia Bluhm received a positive response last week from Seventeen magazine to her petition for greater transparency with their photo shoots, she threw her support behind two other teens, Emma Stydahar, 17, or Carina Cruz, 16, on a similar quest. Emma and Carina launched a petition on Change.org asking Teen Vogue "to see real girls in the pages of magazines" and "stop altering natural bodies and faces so that real girls can be the new standard of beauty."
Teen Vogue's circulation of approximately 1 million reaches teens and tweens as young as 10, according to the Associated Press.
The girls staged a mock fashion show yesterday outside the Teen Vogue offices and delivered their petition with more than 28,000 signatures, but the girls received a frosty reception during a brief meeting with Editor in Chief Amy Astley, who told the girls to learn more about the magazine, even though they are subscribers.
A statement released by their all-girl activist group, SPARK Movement, quoted Carina as saying, "It was kind of shocking how rude they were to us."
In response, Teen Vogue said, "We feature healthy models on the pages of our magazine and shoot dozens of non-models and readers every year and do not retouch them to alter their body size. Teen Vogue pledges to continue this practice." Emma and Carina want the magazine to put that in writing on its pages for all readers to see as Seventeen did.
The girls have said that they will not give up. Here's hoping they don't.
(Note to Teen Vogue editors: As a mother who wants my daughter to see beauty in all women and to be unafraid to publicly state her intentions, if my tween daughter asks for a subscription to a fashion magazine, guess which one I'm going to choose?)