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