Have you ever flipped through a beauty magazine and felt bad about yourself afterwards? I’m not sure I’ve ever felt bad about myself after reading a fashion magazine, but I would definitely say I’ve felt insecure after the Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show. In fact, three out of four women have felt worse about themselves after reading one of these fashion magazines. Magazines tend to focus on thin white girls with perfect skin, eyes, makeup, and proportions.
There seems to be a war going on against fashion magazines. Well there is a group out to stop them. Spark Summit, a young womens’ activist group is seeking to get beauty magazines to stop photo shopping their models and start featuring more diverse models. Just last week, two teens sat down with the editors of Seventeen where Seventeen pledged they would not use Photoshop in their magazine. However,when Spark Summit teens asked Teen Vogue to do the same thing, Teen Vogue handed them a copy of their magazine and told them ‘to do their homework’ objecting they did not photo shop their magazines. I can’t say I’m a reader of Teen Vogue or Seventeen (I much prefer reading online bloggers), but I find it hard to believe a fashion magazine does not do any photo shopping. Besides, editor-in-chief Amy Astley, could have at least been a little nicer to the girls considering the backlash of talking down to their core age group of readers. If you already don’t use photo shop, make your readers even happy and reaffirm your dedication to putting diverse models of all sizes and ethnicity in your magazine.