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No More Airbrushing, Seventeen Vows

Teen mag vows not to change model shapes, feature diversity
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2012 12:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – In the great fashion wars, Seventeen magazine is declaring peace: a "body peace treaty," that is. The venerable teen magazine has long had a policy against changing models' faces and body shapes. But now, thanks to greater awareness of body image problems and an 85,000-strong online petition started by a 14-year-old reader, Seventeen is making its entire staff sign a pledge to not alter images and to feature a diversity of body types, reports the Globe and Mail.

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While Seventeen says it makes minor alternations—for wrinkled fabric, bra straps, and the occasional zit—the editors made the pledge to publicly show their concern about young women's self-image. "We want every girl to stop obsessing about what their body looks like and start appreciating it for what it can do," wrote editor-in-chief Ann Shocket. So far, the vow has gotten plenty of good feedback, including from Katie Couric, who tweeted that she was "happy to see Seventeen mag is going anti-airbrush, hope more continue to follow." (Read more Seventeen magazine stories.)

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