Vogue Magazine to Ban Too Thin Models Including Anyone who Appears to be Under the Age of Sixteen or Suffering from an Eating Disorder
Vogue has announced its intention to no longer hire models under the age of 16 or models who appear to have an eating disorder.
The publisher of Vogue, Conde Nast International made the announcement on May 3rd. It is a big step for a magazine that is well known for being at the forefront of fashion. The new policy is the result of a pact made by 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world in an effort to promote the image of healthy models.
Editions in the U.S. and France are among those affected by the changes, with magazines in China, Japan, and the U.K. adopting the guidelines this summer.
Other magazines not adopting guidelines
Although the new policy will apply to Vogue magazines, the guidelines have not yet been adopted by other fashion magazines such as Glamour and Allure that are owned by the same company. At this time, there are no reports of any plans to include these other magazines in the new guidelines regarding models.
Experts believe that fashion magazines that promote excessive and unhealthy thinness through their models, provide a trigger for young women and girls who may be susceptible to developing eating disorders.
Although Vogue has been praised for” taking a stand” against unhealthy modelling images, some experts believe that the guidelines do not go far enough. Models in the 16 to 18 age range may still appear to be overly thin, encouraging an unrealistic and unhealthy body image; a problem that some believe could be avoided by using older models.
None the less, the move towards healthy modelling practice, including positive lifestyle changes and wholesome balanced eating is a major step in the right direction within the fashion industry according to health professionals who treat eating disorders.
Source: Sympatico.ca News