NAILED IT: following SPARK’s campaign, led by 14 year old activist Julia Bluhm, Seveenteen Magazine has committed to NEVER altering the faces or bodies of girls in their magazines and to showing true diversity in their pages. This is a HUGE DEAL for the US magazine industry and now two other SPARK activists, Carina and Emma, are asking Teen Vogue to follow suit and start building a better media landscape for girls.
We’re excited to see how these changes manifest in the pages of Seventeen, and we’re counting on the girls who read these mags—the girls who demanded change!—to really hold them accountable for these promises.
ETA: Since this has come up—we know that Seventeen is saying that they “never have and never will” digitally alter girls’ bodies, but fifteen minutes with any issue of Seventeen will prove that that’s just not true. Dang, sometimes you don’t even have to open the magazine to see it! If the images in the magazine and on the cover don’t change, it’ll now be much, much easier for readers to hold Seventeen accountable to their promises. That’s important, and also excellent news—because at the end of the day, magazines SHOULD be accountable to their readers, not to advertisers or the beauty industry.