A Teenage Girl’s Victory Against the Media

According to the National Institute on Media and Family:

One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.”  This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

Where does this dissatisfaction come from?  Unrealistic images in the media.

In a study on fifth graders, 10 year old girls and boys told researchers they were dissatisfied with their own bodies after watching a music video by Britney Spears or a clip from the TV show “Friends.”

A 1996 study found that the amount of time an adolescent watches soaps, movies and
music videos is associated with their degree of body dissatisfaction and desire to be thin.

Pushing back against these unrealistic images and the media and enacting change can seem impossible especially from the perspective of one teen…”What can I do?”

That’s why I wanted to point you to a 14 year old teen who started a petition on change.org and won a written commitment from Seventeen magazine to not use Photoshop to digitally alter their models.  Who says one person can’t change the world?  Go Julia!

Julia’s actual vlog:

Now they’re moving onto Teen Vogue – help them by signing their petition here:

Teen Girls Give Us Images of Real Girls Petition

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