"I didn't think it was going to get this big," said a trench-coat-clad 14-year-old Julia Bluhm as she stood in the drizzle outside the Midtown skyscraper where Seventeen magazine is headquartered. Bluhm was talking about the online petition she started asking Seventeen to produce one photo spread per month without the aid of Photoshop. Spread through social media, Bluhm's petition attracted around 6,000 signatures in ten days, and then — with the help of a press release from a San Francisco PR firm that led to broader coverage on blogs (including this one) — the number swelled to 13,000, then 16,000, then 20,000. As of right now, the petition counts over 26,000 signatories. (Bluhm had printed out just under 25,000 worth before this morning's protest to hand-deliver to Seventeen editor Ann Shoket). "This is really exciting," said Bluhm. "I now know that there are a lot of girls who feel the same way as I do about this."
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