Thousands call on Teen Vogue to stop editing photos to unrealistic standards, as 75% claim they feel depressed within minutes of reading the magazine.
Teen crusaders Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar delivered a signature petition to Teen Vogue this month representing the anger of thousands of the practice of airbrushing images.
A total of 28,000 signatures were collected and delivered to Condé Nast building in Times Square, New York. A group of approximately 10 girls also staged a protest fashion show outside the building. They created a makeshift runway and held placards with slogans including “Let’s get real – all girls are beautiful”.
In an interview with The Guardian, 17 year old Emma Stydahar said: “I don’t think girls should grow up in a world where beauty magazines dictate they should have a low self-esteem.” According to Stydahar, 75% of girls feel depressed within minutes of reading the magazine because the images they convey as ideal are unattainable.
The girls were part of a similar fashion shoot outside the offices of Seventeen magazine in May. In response the editor promised to limit photo-editing to things like stray hair and zits. She also said the magazine would post before and after pictures on the magazine’s Tumblr.