Today, a 14-year-old girl is taking on Seventeen Magazine.
Here is an excerpt from a posting on Refinery29.com: Ambitious 14-year old Julia Bluhm is pissed. She doesn't like that Seventeen Magazine uses Photoshop to manipulate its images and thinks it perpetuates an unrealistic model for young girls....Julia Bluhm is going to protest. Outside of Hearst Tower. With a petition signed by 13,000 people.
More thoughts on this below.
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It's true, excessive use of Photoshop and alteration of pictures - like making a woman's legs a foot longer than they actually are, or making her waist so tiny that in the real world she wouldn't be able to digest food - that's problematic, and may do harm to young women's self-perception. However, is some use of Photoshop ok? Or are we totally anti-Photoshop? If editors and producers edit the people they interview to make them sound smarter/better/more coherent, are some magazines/companies justified in Photoshopping models to present their product in the "best" possible light? I'm just presenting an idea here, not saying this is definitely what I believe. But I would be curious to hear what you guys think.
Are there times when using Photoshop is ok?
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