Target: Jann Wenner, the Editor-in-Chief of Rolling Stone
Goal: Put non-photoshopped images of celebrities on magazine covers
Rolling Stone is an American magazine that enjoys almost 5 decades of influence in the public sector. As an index of beauty to teenage girls, Rolling Stone stirred much controversy when it published its October issue in 2010, with a clearly photoshopped Katy Perry as its cover. Rolling Stone has also photoshopped stars from Mad Men and the girls from The Hills before. Nothing has been done to improve the situation, though, and this problem is often dismissed as trivial, which is far from true if we spare a thought on the power of media.
The edited cover made a few changes to the original picture in an attempt to create an unnaturally stunning Perry, securing her image as a ‘sexy’ goddess. On the photoshopped cover Perry is shown to have possessed an unbelievably perfect physique. Her skin is smoothed out and lightened, which awards her a pearly glow, and her breasts, already plump, are pushed further up. The wrinkles on her waist are deliberately eliminated for the sake of ‘perfection,’ and her fingers are made ‘gracefully’ crooked on the edge of the bed. Her thigh is also slimmed down to what the society perceives as ‘slender’ and ‘sexually appealing.’ These digitally-altered versions of celebrity images can have a huge influence on teenage girls aged from 9 to 18, according to National Institute on Media and the Family, and reading magazines filled with airbrushed images of women are likely to inspire intentional weight control, retching and ultimately, anorexia. 78% of teenage girls are dissatisfied with their bodies at age seventeen, an increase of 25% from age thirteen, and their anxiety is closely related to the unrealistic images sprawled out on magazine pages and applauded by the general public.
Rolling Stone, as a prominent source of influence to teenage girls, ought to shoulder a rightful account of social responsibility, revolutionize ‘female beauty’ and appreciate women’s beauty by acknowledging their natural state and persistent but commonplace flaws. The act of Photoshopping celebrities’ images is, indeed, redundant given that their body figures already look refined in reality. One more photoshopped picture invariably signifies another threat to teenagers, who tend to worship the women featured in magazines and TV. Banning photoshopped pictures on magazine covers is a big step forward to prevent teenagers from being brainwashed by the ‘so-called’ perceptions of beauty.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the Editor in Chief of Rolling Stone Jann Wenner to stop modifying celebrities’ body figures and start gracing magazine covers with real, genuine images.
Dear Rolling Stone’s Editor in Chief Jann Wenner,
Photos of celebrities on magazine pages must be original, authentic and freed of any digital alterations. Your magazine company, influential and prestigious as it is, can take the lead to effect a revolution on feminine beauty and be a guiding light for teenagers.
Airbrushed images of celebrities are superfluous because they publicize unnatural beauty. It will exert pressure on teenage girls, who hope to recreate themselves as the doppelgänger of a particular celebrity, and pushes them towards aggressive dieting, anxiety and ultimately, anorexia. Women worldwide are suffering from unnecessary pressure on their appearances because the ‘feminine ideal’ promoted by the media is ludicrous, unreachable and over-the-top.
I am urging you to start using un-airbrushed images of celebrities as the covers of your magazine. Please instruct your staff on photo-editing and urge them to release natural images of celebrities for the sake of teenagers and empowerment of females.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Katy Perry Before & After Photoshop via celebridoodle