Teenagers offer a lot. A lot of times, people think of teenagers as not caring, and that’s a big mistake. We do care about a lot of things, we just don’t know where to start.
— Julia Bluhm
Julia Bluhm is a teenager who offers a lot. At just 14, fed up with seeing her friends stress over trying to be like the girls they saw in magazines, Julia and friend Izzy started an online petition protesting the overuse of Photoshop in Seventeen magazine.
What started out small soon gained momentum. Within days, the petition had over 25,000 signatures. After a month, Julia was outside Seventeen magazine headquarters presenting a petition that now had over 84,000 signatures.
In the end, her efforts paid off — Seventeen magazine issued a Body Peace Treaty, signed by all the editors, agreeing to show real, un-Photoshopped girls in their pages.
Julia and Izzy dominated TEDxWomen last year with their story, showing how to be a super, A+, no-nonsense, clever, ever-questioning, butt-kicking, media monitor — no matter your age. You can watch their talk here.
And for more evidence why you should never underestimate a teenager with a cause, read our interview with Julia on the TED Blog.