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Vogue Says No to Underweight Models

Another breakthrough for the fashion industry and body image.

Vogue magazine has pledged it will no longer use photographs of dangerously underweight models.

In a statement published across all of its 19 international editions, the iconic magazine’s editors promised not to picture models under the age of 16 or those who they believe have an eating disorder.  Just recently, Israel passed a law banning underweight models.

“The Health Initiative” aims to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the fashion industry.  Editors agreed to be “ambassadors” for a healthy image and “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder”.

“As one of the fashion industry’s most powerful voices, Vogue has a unique opportunity to engage with relevant issues where we feel we can make a difference,” Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, said.

“We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image,” the statement said.

In the statement, Vogue editors said they would 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.”

Is this a sign of good things to come with respect to body image in the media?