Target: Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine, Anna Wintour
Goal: Promote healthy self-images in society by having media outlets indicate when a photo has been altered with photoshop
Vogue is a globally recognized fashion magazine that’s read in over 23 countries and is commonly known to its readers as “the fashion bible.” As a highly respected magazine that reaches into the hands of over 11 million readers, Vogue made the commitment to promote positive body images by moving away from using “very thin girls” in its magazine as of 2013; however, Vogue still continues to alter models and celebrities that appear within the pages of its magazine, having them look even more slim. This issue is often dismissed but is still a problem, as the media heavily influences the public’s perception of the ideal body image.
Recently, Vogue sparked controversy when Lena Dunham graced its pages with her hips slimmed down, her jaw line refined, and her neck slimmed and pulled in, among other noticeable changes. These digitally-edited versions of celebrity images can have a huge impact on women and teenage girls who tend to worship their favorite celebrities and aim to be what they see in magazines, especially when it’s generally applauded by the public masses. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape and 47% of girls in the same age bracket reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
While it’s understandable to retouch photos in some instances, photos shouldn’t be altered to “soften” a celebrity’s curves or to look younger. The human body should be celebrated in all its forms instead of appreciating only one standard of beauty — and when images are photoshopped, a disclaimer should be placed in the photo alerting readers of the modifications.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge the editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine, Anna Wintour, to place disclaimers on images altered with photoshop.
In a society that heavily relies on the entertainment industry, it’s easy to epitomize celebrities and rely on what we see in the media to define beauty. The issue is that what we’re seeing in magazines is not what is real life. Models and celebrities who may already have slender body types are drastically retouched to appear even more thin, and to have wrinkles, birthmarks, and scars removed from their skin in order to appear “flawless.”
The use of photoshop has led many to believe that our bodies should look like something that is unattainable; contributing to a dangerous obsession with eating disorders. We deserve to know if what’s being presented to us is real or if it’s been modified with photoshop.
We urge you to place disclaimers on photos that have been digitally altered in order to warn women and girls that what we see in magazines is not real and that it’s physically dangerous, and often times impossible, to achieve what these images represent.
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