Girls petition for Teen Vogue to put an end to airbrushed photos

Emma Stydahar, 17, holds the 28,000-signature petition with mom Sheila Kelly and sister Hanah Stydahart, 14.

From The Guardian:

Teenagers Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar delivered a 28,000 signature petition to Teen Vogue today to express their distaste for the common magazine practice of airbrushing images.

A group of approximately 10 girls staged a protest fashion show outside the Condé Nast building in Times Square to deliver the petition. Smiling for the cameras, the teenagers walked up and down a makeshift runway (which consisted of a 15-foot long red carpet produced by one of the activists and rolled out on Broadway) holding placards like “Let’s get real – all girls are beautiful” and “Teen Vogue #KeepItReal.”

“I don’t think girls should grow up in a world where beauty magazines dictate they should have a low self-esteem,” said Emma Stydahar, 17, a high school senior from Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

According to Stydahar, 75% of girls get depressed within three minutes of shuffling through a beauty magazine’s pages because the beauty patterns they convey as ideal are unattainable.

“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],” added Stydahar, whose younger sister, Hanah, 14, was also at the protest and said she wants