Entries in Photoshop (3)


Teen Crusaders Taking on "Teen Vogue" Over Models

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After teens had success getting Seventeen magazine to stop digitally altering their models, they have now turned their attention to a new target: Teen Vogue. To get that message across, they took their protest right to the magazine’s headquarters in Times Square on Wednesday and held a mock runway show to give Teen Vogue executives a look at what they say real girls look like.

“I just remember leafing through the mag every month thinking ‘I wish I had her waist… I wish I had her hair,’” said 17-year-old Emma Stydahar.

That’s when Stydahar and her friend Carina Cruz, 16, decided to take action and follow in the footsteps of fellow activist, 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, who last week convinced Seventeen magazine to stop airbrushing its models.

In the August issue of Seventeen magazine, editor Ann Shoket included a letter and body peace treaty that states Seventeen will “never change girls’ body or face shapes,” and “celebrate every kind of beauty in our pages.”

“We’re really hoping to try and get magazines to realize that they should have a diverse array of models,” said Cruz.

They also started a successful online petition that has already garnered over 28,000 signatures. In the petition, they ask Teen Vogue to “follow Seventeen’s example.”

Unlike Bluhm’s positive meeting with Seventeen executives, Stydahar and Cruz say they felt bullied when they came face-to-face with Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Amy Astley.

Stydahar says the meeting was “a lot of telling us we hadn’t done our homework, and that Teen Vogue is a great magazine, who is being unfairly accused.”

In a statement to ABC News, Teen Vogue says they “were receptive to meeting with Emma and Carina to give them an opportunity to discuss their concerns… We feature dozens of non-models and readers every year and do not retouch them to alter their body size.”

Teen Vogue added that they use healthy models on the pages of their magazine. ABC News asked the magazine if they airbrush and Photoshop these models, but they didn’t reply to the inquiry.

Stydahar and Cruz aren’t accusing Teen Vogue of airbrushing their models; they’re just looking for a public pledge from the magazine that they won’t Photoshop and will only use healthy models.

Even though the meeting with Teen Vogue’s editor didn’t go as the girls hoped it would, they are vowing not to give up.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Groups Push for Photoshop Warning Labels on Pics of Celebs

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Magazine advertisements for alcohol and cigarettes come with warning labels.  Now, some groups suggest that the celebrity photos should, too.

A number of researchers and government regulators want photographs of movie stars and models to come with warnings that say the photos have been extensively altered with retouching software, such as Adobe Photoshop.

The idea stems from scientific research that found that vulnerable consumers, particularly children and teens, might be fooled by the photos' convincing illusions of perfection and suffer negative physical and mental health consequences as a result.

"Children and teens are particularly vulnerable to 'perfect' models of adults and children their age in the media," said Carolyn Landis, a clinical psychologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

So far, the most notable calls for Photoshop warning labels have come from Europe.  Legislators in France, Britain and Norway have supported government efforts to slap warning labels on photos to alert consumers when they have been digitally altered.

But in June, the American Medical Association denounced the doctoring of photographs, urging advertisers to work with child and teen health experts to set limits on Photoshopping.  Two Dartmouth researchers have come up with a novel solution -- a software tool that would detect how much fashion and beauty photographs have been altered, assigning them a rating from one (minimally altered) to five (starkly changed) -- that was reported in The New York Times.

Calls to several fashion and beauty magazines about their policies on retouching photographs or their thoughts on photo warning labels were not immediately returned.

Research indicates that there is cause for worry about how celebrities and models, who appear forever trim and blemish-free, may affect how children view their own bodies.  Several studies have linked manipulated photographs to eating disorders and other health problems.

But child psychologists say the most effective solution to helping children develop healthy and realistic body images comes not from warning labels and photo rating systems but from active parenting.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Photoshopping Sends Unhealthy Message to America's Youth, AMA Says

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- In the age of digital manipulation, when images are often "doctored" by editors with the precision of surgeons, the most powerful medical organization in America weighs in to say that rampant Photoshopping sends an unhealthy message to America's youth.

The American Medical Association has urged advertisers, especially those in teen-oriented magazines, to work with child and adolescent health agencies to develop guidelines that set some Photoshopping boundaries.

"Photoshopping, especially as it's related to children and adolescents, gives them an unrealistic expectation of what they might expect to look like as they grow up," said Jeremy Lazarus, AMA's president-elect. "So there are adverse health consequences as a result of that."

Several studies have linked exposure to manipulated pictures to eating disorders and other health problems. The danger is that young people measure themselves against body types that can only be attained with the help of photo-editing software, psychologists say.

"We often forget, because of the bombardment of these images, that Americans don't look like this," said David Sarwer, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. "They are these idealized images of beauty where everything is perfect, and there are no blemishes and no wrinkles and no cellulite."

Even Kate Middleton's picture-perfect wedding apparently wasn't perfect enough for Italian magazine Grazia, which edited her waist to make it tinier. In one 2009 Ralph Lauren ad, the Photoshopping was so severe it made the model's head bigger than her waist.

In the aftermath of the controversy over that ad, Lauren released a statement apologizing for the retouching.

"We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately," he said.

Precautions that Sarwer hopes will transform into a new normal for the industry.

"It's fantastic that the AMA has stepped out and made this statement," said Sarwer. "I truly hope that not only do other professional and medical societies echo and share in this statement and in this belief, I also hope obviously that the magazine publishers in our country and around the world also recognize that they do have a responsibility to their viewers and to the purchasers of their magazines."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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