Jess Quinn, a 26-year-old model, social media influencer and also a cancer survivor and amputee, after losing a leg to the disease when she was 9 years old.
Quinn’s quest is to persuade MPs to introduce a law that requires any commercially used photo of a model that’s been significantly altered to carry a caption saying so.
“I had an image of my own Photoshopped. It was subtle … and I think it was not a fun thing to go through. It kind of opened my eyes that it’s still going on now.”
The photo was altered in an issue of The Australian Woman’s Weekly. Editor Michele Crawshaw couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday, but told media at the time many organisations altered images before publication to enhance lighting.
“In this day and age – where we’re so open about body image and being true to ourselves – I thought [it would be] minimised.
“But with social media and all of these other pressures, it’s kind of growing.”
She wanted girls to be able to look at magazines without comparing themselves to something that was not reality.
Quinn’s petition is launched HERE as her TED talk is released online. Her goal is to get 100,000 signatures before presenting it to Parliament.
She says she was advised to start a petition by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after Quinn’s team reached out to her.
Source: NZ Herald
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