Carina Cruz 16, and Emma Stydahar 17, recently delivered a petition featuring 28,000 signatures to Teen Vogue to try and put a stop to airbrushing.
The girls were joined by a number of fellow protesters outside the Condé Nast building in Times Square, where they not only delivered the petition but also staged a fashion show.
On a makeshift runway, the young girls strutted up and down holding placards featuring messages such as “Let’s get real – all girls are beautiful”.
Commenting on the petition and protest, Stydahar said she felt that girls should not have to grow up in a society where magazines leave them with low self-esteem because what’s in their pages is an unattainable ideal.
“Images that have been photoshopped have a bad effect and can really hurt young girls. We’re looking for more diversity of girls and body types [in these publications].” Said Stydahar.
Teen Vogue, which currently has a readership of around 3.5 million (93% female), responded to the action with an official statement: “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. Teen Vogue pledges to continue this practice.”
Low self-esteem and low self-confidence are becoming increasingly common issues in both boys and girls, which is really no surprise when you consider the unattainable images they are constantly bombarded with.
If you are suffering from low self-confidence or low self-esteem, talking to a counsellor could help you to rebuild these attributes so that you can move forward.
In a counselling session you will be able to discuss and explore your feelings in a completely neutral and confidential environment.
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