A few months ago I told you about a 14-year-old girl who started an online petition asking Seventeen magazine to publish at least one “undoctored” photo of a girl in each issue.
Her name is Julia Bluhm, and she was concerned that the photo-shopped images in Seventeen made teen girls feel bad about themselves—because they could never measure up to artificially perfect models in the magazine .
Initially the editor of the magazine turned down Julia’s request, but now there’s some good news to report on this story.
According to the New York Times, Seventeen has released what it's dubbed the "Body Peace Treaty"—an eight-point pledge promising never to alter girls' body or face shapes and only to use "real girls and models that are healthy."
It also encourages readers to check out Seventeen's Tumblr blog, which will show how photos are digitally edited before hitting the publication.
Editor Ann Shoket included what she says is an example of what is edited out of photos--an unseemly fold in a model’s clothes and a few stray hairs.
Shoket says "While we work hard behind the scenes to make sure we're being authentic, your notes made me realize that it was time for us to be more public about our commitment,"
Fourteen-year old Julia is happy about Seventeen’s new commitment. She told the Times: "It's even more than we asked for.”
If you’d like to learn more about Julia’s petition and Seventeen’s new commitment, go to nytimes.com and enter “Seventeen Magazine” in the search box.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.