Having been under fire for years for promoting unrealistic or unhealthy body types, Vogue magazine announced that they will no longer use models under 16 years old or who they believe may have an eating disorder.
Conde Naste International chairman Jonathan Newhouse announced the plan on Thursday (May 3). He says, “Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the well-being of their readers.”
The company then released a six-point plan for what they’ll require starting in their June 2012 edition. In addition to the age and eating disorder concerns, they also state that they are creating a mentoring program for younger models as well as encouraging producers to improve working conditions.
Following is a full list of their new requirements…
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.