• Jennifer Lestat

    A 14-year-old, Julia Bluhm, has defeated Seventeen Magazine, the most widely distributed teen girls' magazine in the U.S.--at least for now. Because of Julia's online petition asking Seventeen to run unaltered photos to show its readers what real beauty and real girls look like, which was signed by 80,000 people, the editors of Seventeen caved. The magazine's Editor in Chief announced that the magazine vows not to use Photoshop to alter the face shape and body sizes of its teen models

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