Successful model and Christian leader Nicole Weider has joined Victoria Hearst in a mission to require Cosmopolitan magazine to be sold exclusively to adults.
Hearst is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper publisher who built up the nation's largest newspaper chain and who profoundly influenced American journalism.
One of Hearst's many publications, Cosmopolitan magazine, has featured underage actress such as Selena Gomez and Dakota Fanning, and is under fire because of its explicit content.
In order to protect the development of young girls, Hearst and Weider urge that Cosmopolitan be wrapped in a non-transparent covering while on newsstands ahead of sale. Together, the pair have declared that the magazine needs to be responsible for their content by selling their publication to adults only.
"I am the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and my father is the late Randolph Hearst," explained the anti-Cosmopolitan mission founder in a press release. "About 11 years ago, I contacted Frank Bennack and the Board of the Hearst Corporation and told them that what they are publishing in Cosmopolitan magazine was pornographic."
Hearst revealed that he had the support of two psychologists and counselors that agreed about the magazine's adverse affects on young girls.
"Like Nicole, I also asked that the magazine be sold to adults 18 years and older," said Hearst.
Weider, who founded Change.org, explained her involvement with Hearst in a press release.
"Victoria's advice and wisdom has been much an encouragement," said the model. "Parents, teachers, and church leaders need to know just how damaging the content of Cosmopolitan is to the development of young girls."
Change.org has accumulated 33,000 signatures on the petition against the publication. To view the petition, visit Tinyurl.com/anticosmo.
"We are not asking Cosmopolitan to change their content," noted Weider. "We simply want them to take responsibility for it. They say it's for adults, so let them sell it only to adults."