Friday, May 4, 2012
VOGUE Magazine announces age limit for models
VOGUE supports the promotion of healthy body image and announced today that from the June 2012 issues, they will only work with models 16 years old and up. This of course is a policy that they will also apply to all 19 international editions. So, if you are a mature looking 15-year old stunning aspiring model, sorry but VOGUE won't put you on the cover and you will have to try again when you turn 16.
The editors aren't stopping there. The statement also binds fashion's elite to a six-point commitment to promoting healthy body image:
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.