Vogue Still Makes Me Want to Gag

Vogue just proclaimed it was joining the global effort to combat unhealthy images of women by saying it was banning anorexic models from the pages of all of it 19 worldwide editions.

Women’s advocates worldwide cheered. Rightfully so. For too long the fashion industry’s glorification of women too skinny to see when they are turned sideways. has led young women around the world to stick their fingers down their throats because they think they’re too fat.

Finally, Vogue, the industry leader among fashion magazines, says, well, go ahead and eat. “Vogue believes that good health is beautiful,” Conde Nast International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse said in a statement. “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.”

Bunk. The entire statement actually says Vogue would stop working with skinny models who are under 16 years old.  The brands worldwide editors said they would “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder.” They said they’d ask casting directors to check IDs at photo shoots,  fashion shows, and for ad campaigns.

This was go news to former model Sarah Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, which strives to improve working conditions for models. “Most editions of Vogue regularly hire models who are minors,” she said. “So for Vogue to commit to no longer using models under the age of 16 marks an evolution in the industry. We hope other magazines and fashion brands will follow Vogue’s impressive lead.”

Impressive? Please.

Sorry. No credit here for deciding to stop putting skinny jail-bait in your pages.

Yes, it is a step towards ending the industry’s too-long trend of telling young girls they’re too fat–no matter how they look.

A real step would be banning skinny models altogether.

But I guess Vogue can’t stomach that.



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