Vogue magazine is stepping up to do its part in the war on underage and underweight models in the fashion industry. The so-called fashion bible, which has 19 different editions, released a statement yesterday declaring:
From the June issues and going forward, no edition of Vogue will work with any model under the age of 16.
The statement is pretty ground-breaking and necessary as the frequent use of models as young as 13 not only sets these girls on a dangerous path of having unhealthy relationships with their bodies, but also gives women unrealistic physical ideals that, unfortunately, many attempt to conform to.
Every single Vogue editor has also agreed to this six-point manifesto in order to ensure underage models are not featured in their pages:
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.
Vogue taking the lead on this issue is a really positive sign for the industry and hopefully sets a precedent many other fashion mags will follow.