Seventeen Magazine Tells Activist Teen Julia Bluhm: We Won’t Stop Photoshopping Models

| by Michael Allen

Eighth grader Julia Bluhm recently created a campaign, which urged Seventeen magazine to cut down on photoshopping its models. While she got more than 45,000 supporters, Seventeen says that it will not stop creating fake models via airbrushing.

In a statement to Nightline, a spokesperson from Seventeen said: “We’re proud of Julia for being so passionate about an issue — it’s exactly the kind of attitude we encourage in our readers — so we invited her to our office to meet with editor-in-chief Ann Shoket this morning."

"They had a great discussion, and we believe that Julia left understanding that Seventeen celebrates girls for being their authentic selves, and that’s how we present them. We feature real girls in our pages and there is no other magazine that highlights such a diversity of size, shape, skin tone and ethnicity.”

Bluhm, whose petition asked that Seventeen “commit to printing one unaltered real photo spread per month,” says she hasn’t given up yet.