In this edition of our Teen Vogue Homework, Izzy, Maya, and Julia got together to go through the August 2012 issue of Teen Vogue, marking “non-diverse” images (or images of white, thin women) with “diverse” images (images of women of color or non-thin women), and at the end of their journey, here’s what they’d found: 110 non-diverse images versus 26 diverse images. These numbers are pretty much on par with what we’ve been finding so far, including the whitewashing of the few women of color who do appear in the pages. What’s up with this, Teen Vogue?
Previously: Shanzeh read Teen Vogue’s October 2011 and found no one who looked like her; Alice read Teen Vogue’s September 2012 issue and ran out of post-it notes for marking non-diverse images twice before she got to the end of the mag.
Fed up with this? Tune in tomorrow for another homework assignment from the SPARKteam, make your own video telling Teen Vogue to step up and truly represent their readers, and sign our petition asking Tampax, Neutrogena, and Clean and Clear to stop advertising with Teen Vogue until the magazine makes a pledge to their readers that they’ll stop retouching girls’ faces and bodies and start showing real diversity!