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Vogue bans underage models and those with eating disorders

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This should help our girls!!

Having been under fire for years for promoting unrealistic or unhealthy body types, Vogue magazine announced that they will no longer use models under 16 years old or who they believe may have an eating disorder. 

Conde Naste International chairman Jonathan Newhouse announced the plan on Thursday (May 3). He says, "Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the well-being of their readers."

The company then released a six-point plan for what they'll require starting in their June 2012 edition. In addition to the age and eating disorder concerns, they also state that they are creating a mentoring program for younger models as well as encouraging producers to improve working conditions.

Following is a full list of their new requirements...

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.

What do you think of the change?

by on May. 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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by on May. 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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by Sandy on May. 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I think it will be a good change

by Cindy on May. 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I think that's a great start. Maybe others will follow.

by Member on May. 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Awesom e.

by on May. 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I think it's a great change.  I am tired of all my DD seeing is those rail thin girls and her thinking that in order to be popular she needs to look and act a certain way to be accepted.  I want her to love herself for who she is and not think she needs to be "perfect" in order to fit in.

by Sue on May. 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Yay! It's about time.

I'm thankful for a hubby that loves me, 4 healthy children, a warm
place to sleep and enough food for our meals... God bless America!

by on May. 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

It's a wonderful change!

by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2012 at 7:21 AM



by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Sounds potentially good.

by Stacy on Aug. 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM
Finally! I think their fifth point is really good and shows that they might actually have thought this change through with intent to follow
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