|Maine residents Izzy Labbe, Julia Bluhm, and Maya Brown are in SPARK. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)|
Embracing the imperfections
In April, Waterville eighth-grader Julia Bluhm, 14, journeyed to Manhattan to protest Seventeen’s practice of retouching photos, making models look sexier and less flawed. Bluhm and her teammates at SPARK — which stands for Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge — eventually collected more than 84,000 signatures on their anti-Photoshopping petition. After meeting with Bluhm and hearing from thousands of like-minded readers, Seventeen announced a Body Peace Treaty in its latest issue.