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Healthy Body Image – Seventeen Magazine versus Teen Vogue

I recently wrote a post asking for advice on how we as parents can help protect our daughters’ self-esteem from false media messages in the face of the onslaught of ads, television, movies and magazines telling them (selling them, really) a false and potentially dangerous ideal of beauty.

As a new dad with a daughter I want to do the right thing…

Today I’m going to share a short excerpt and link to a post by Deb Chitwood on just this subject, and some interesting things being done to help. In fact there’s something you can do to have your voice heard that takes only moments, costs nothing, and is already yielding results.

Help Our Daughters Have Healthy Body Images by Deb Chitwood

Graphic by Deb Chitwood of RaisingFigureSkaters.com

A recent petition had over 84,000 signatures, and convinced Seventeen Magazine to “not alter the body size or face shape of the girls and models in the magazine and to feature a diverse range of beauty in its pages”…

…Now there’s a new petition through Change.org asking Teen Vogue to “follow Seventeen’s example and pledge not to alter any model’s body or face and to celebrate beauty in all its forms.” I signed the petition. I hope you do, too!

—Deb Chitwood

Please visit Deb’s blog and read the entire post. And while you’re there sign the petition.

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  1. Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters

    Thanks so much for linking to my post and encouraging others to sign the petition! I’m hoping we parents can make a difference! :)

    1. Michael Schmid

      You’re very welcome, Deb. I love your blog(s) and as you know from my earlier post, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. Hopefully if enough of us concerned parents ban together we can make a difference for our girls… and for that matter, our boys. Thanks again!

  2. Jane Rodney

    That is one amazing petition that I will be so thrilled to be part of. Those girl models need someone who will tell them that they are good as they are, and not make them want to change how they look. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    1. Michael Schmid

      You are very welcome, Jane. Thanks for signing the petition.

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    1. Michael Schmid

      I like it when spammers at least say something nice. Thanks. Sort of.

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  4. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie)

    great petition to sign! i had no idea about this, thanks for sharing

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks, Alicia! Our friend Deb Chitwood brought it to my attention. There’s a link to her post at the top. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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