The anti-Photoshop debacle has been going on for years. And the more digital airbrushing is used by publications, the more angry critics it seems to gain. There are tons of examples of how entire limbs are even airbrushed off of celebrities, yet nothing seems to stop it. Julia Bluhm, a young teen who is involved with a group of teenage girl activists entitled SPARKteam, took matters into her own hands and spearheaded a campaign against Photoshop in Seventeen magazine.
Bluhm felt that while the magazine often promotes healthy body image, it seems to contradict itself with ads and photo shoots that use Photoshop to enhance girl’s images. Bluhm says:
It’s really ironic to see pages telling you to love your body right next to advertisements that are sending subliminal messages about changing your body.
Bluhm created a petition against the Photoshopping, which in turn gained over 20,000 signatures. Enough signatures that she gained media recognition, and even got to meet Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen magazine. While Seventeen was very cordial toward Bluhm and sympathetic toward her demands, no immediate action has been taken. The Huffington Post ran an article on Julia’s cause, and published her final words to Seventeen after her encounter at the office.
Hearing about this cause definitely struck a chord within myself — I feel personally influenced by Bluhm’s cause and feel like it is definitely a worthy one. Of all magazines, Seventeen is geared toward younger women, the same women that are the most influenced by media and body images.
Seventeen would be commended for making a stand on such an issue, and I feel like this would be a small step in the right direction for other magazines to follow suit. Nonetheless, Bluhm is to be commended for her efforts and she is spearheading what hopefully will turn into a successful revolution against Photoshop and airbrushing techniques.
Lovelies, what do YOU think about Photoshop? Do you think Julia Bluhm is fighting for a worthwhile cause?