Vogue magazine has recently announced banning models under the age of 16 or those who appear to have an eating disorder, making an important move towards healthy lifestyle.
The announcement came on Thursday, when the publisher of the Vogue magazine, Conde Nast International, said that 19 editors from around the globe have made a pact to promote healthy modeling through healthy models. “Vogue believes that good health is beautiful. Vogue Editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models that appear on the pages and the well-being of their readers,” said Conde Nast International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse in a statement.
While the new policy applies just to Vogue and not to other famous fashion magazines such as Glamour and Allure, the move is a big step in the right direction, says the head of Canadian eating disorder organization, Dr. Robbie Campbell. Vogue's new policy also asks casting directors to take a look at the IDs of models at photo shoots, fashion shows and ad campaigns.
"Really, for them to come this far is huge," Campbell said, according to a report by CBS News. "It's a move toward healthy modeling, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy habits, healthy temperament, which all leads to a healthy body image.”
Praising Vogue, he said that their effort is a huge one and it definitely deserves applause. Disapproving of very skinny models, Campbell said that they portray a "sick image for our well girls to try and identify with. It's horrid."
Sara Ziff, a former model and founder of the Model Alliance – an organization for improving working conditions of the models and taking care of its young - hopes that other magazines and fashion organizations will follow the steps taken by Vogue.
"Most editions of Vogue regularly hire models who are minors, so for Vogue to commit to no longer using models under the age of 16 marks an evolution in the industry,” Ziff said. “We hope other magazines and fashion brands will follow Vogue’s impressive lead.”
Health of models belonging to both genders has been a growing issue in the past, especially after the death of two models in 2006-2007 from what the doctors blame to their acute eating disorders. This important step by Vogue targets not just skinny models, but also the impact they have on the young minds of girls and boys by presenting an image of perfection that is neither attainable nor healthy.