It was announced last week that Vogue is changing its policy regarding the models that feature in their 19 international publications. To reflect their commitment both to the health of their models and to the well-being of their readers, Vogue has pledged not to work with models that are underage or appear to have an eating disorder. Vogue Magazine should be applauded for leading the way – and we can only hope that more magazines will soon follow in their footsteps. True beauty comes from being both healthy and happy.
These are the six promises Vogue has made to its readers:
“1. We will not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image.
“2. We will ask agents not to knowingly send us underage girls and casting directors to check IDs when casting shoots, shows and campaigns.
“3. We will help to structure mentoring programs where more mature models are able to give advice and guidance to younger girls, and we will help to raise industry-wide awareness through education, as has been integral to the Council of Fashion Designers of America Health Initiative.
“4. We will encourage producers to create healthy backstage working conditions, including healthy food options and a respect for privacy. We will encourage casting agents not to keep models unreasonably late.
“5. We encourage designers to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes, and encourages the use of extremely thin models.
“6. We will be ambassadors for the message of healthy body image.”