A host of companies think not, and want to put a positive spin on body image by drawing attention to the use of editing programs such as Photoshop.
1. Aerie keeps it real
In the spring of 2014 American Eagle’s lingerie line Aerie announced a new campaign called Aerie Real. The company’s ads featured models who have one thing in common – none of them are digitally retouched. For the past year, Aerie is going strong sans Photoshop, and will be teaming up with young actress Emma Roberts for its new fall 2015 campaign.
EXTRA: Earlier this year, Aerie became a key sponsor of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) ongoing national walks awareness program, NEDA Walk. Save a Life. This campaign raises funds for advocacy and educational programs, spreads awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and provides support for the local community.
2. Modcloth was the first to sign the No-Photoshop pledge
The e-retailer ModCloth makes women’s clothing that are a mix of indie, vintage and retro all wrapped into one. What really distinguishes them from the pack is that they are the first retailer to sign the Heroes Pledge for Advertisers from the Brave Girls Alliance, which calls for advertisers to stop altering women’s appearances in ads.
EXTRA: The fashion-forward company has been a long time advocate for women of all shapes and sizes, with its diverse range of models that proudly and naturally represent the brand.
3. Vanessa Hudgens (actress) is 100% erself for bongo jeans
For the fall 2014 Bongo clothing campaign,Vanessa Hudgens decided to go Photoshop-free. The clothing line that is sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart, took Hudgens’ lead when she opted for untouched ad images.
EXTRA: The actress of High School Musical fame had this to say about her decision to ditch Photoshop: “The clothes really make me feel carefree and confident, which is why I love that the final ad images are untouched. It’s so important for girls to remember that real beauty shines from within and I’m so proud that Bongo is choosing to send such a positive message with this campaign.”
4. Seventeen magazine makes the pledge to go natural
In 2012, a 14-year old girl named Julia Bluhm organized a petition on Change.org that called for Seventeen Magazine to provide at least one unadulterated photo spread per issue. As her cause gained momentum, the magazine geared to young women pledged to not digitally alter body sizes or face shapes of the models featured in its editorial pages.
EXTRA: Seventeen created an eight-point Body Peace Treaty that reinforced its commitment to featuring healthy models in their publication, and also made photo shoots transparent by featuring behind-the-scenes videos on Tumblr.
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