Pressure has been successfully brought on several magazines, including Seventeen, to change their ways when it comes to altering the images of girls and women. It's an old story. Older than most imagine.
In fact, as photojournalism historian Mary Panzer reminded me for the above-cited piece in The Daily Beast, both Honest Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, his spouse, had their images doctored by the fabled photographer Mathew Brady.
A Mary Todd Lincoln photograph retouched by Mathew Brady. (Library of Congress)
It doesn't justify what the magazines have routinely done but just reminds us that part of a larger continuum. Bye-bye blemishes! And bye-bye long, unappealing necks! The more things change....
At minimum, we might hope, as Panzer suggests, that "girls should be taught to distrust photography in general, and not to have confidence in what they see in ANY magazine."
"The magazines COULD get around to showing girls with all kinds of shapes and sizes, not to promote a single body type----that's where the real problem is, if you ask me," said Panzer.