As we wrote earlier this month, Seventeen's editor announced that the magazine doesn't photoshop bodies and will be transparent about changes to photos that appear in its editorial side of the magazine. Teenager Julia Bluhm had created an online petition calling for unphotoshopped, "regular girls" to be shown in the magazine and her petition garnered more than 85,000 signatures.
Following her success, two others started a petition calling for Teen Vogue to "give us images of real girls!" That petition passed its goal of 25,000 signatures with more than 32,000.
Teen Vogue weighed in recently on its own standards for altering photos, Ad Week reported. The magazine said:
“Teen Vogue makes a conscious and continuous effort to promote a positive body image among our readers. 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."
The Associated Press reported July 12 that the two teenagers behind the Teen Vogue petition, Emma Stydahar and Carina Cruz, met Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief briefly last week but that the meeting was "shockingly rude." According to the AP, Cruz said "they sat with us for five minutes and told us to do our homework" about the magazine. Read more about the meeting here.
NY Mag argued that Teen Vogue's "response..is not any different from Seventeen's -- Seventeen just spun their differently by making a big deal out of their 'Body Peace Treaty.'"