Vogue bans too-skinny models from its pages
Vogue magazine, perhaps the world's top arbiter of style, is making a statement about its own models: too thin is no longer in.
The 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world have agreed to “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder”, and said they will ask casting directors to check IDs at photo shoots and fashion shows and for ad campaigns.
American, French, Chinese and British editions of the fashion glossies are among those that will start following the new guidelines with their June issues; the Japanese edition will begin with its July book. “Vogue believes that good health is beautiful,” said Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse.
Models’ health has been a lightning rod the past few years, especially after the death of two models from apparent complications from eating disorders in 2006-07, but the focus, until now, has been on runway fashion shows. In addition to agreeing not to knowingly work with models under 16 or with eating disorders, the Vogue pact says the magazines will help “structure mentoring programs” for younger models and raise awareness of the problem of model health.