Earlier this month, Vogue announced that it is going to stop featuring models who are either underweight or underage. Models under the age of 16 will not be shown in the magazine, in addition to those who could potentially have an eating disorder. This marks a big step for Vogue, a magazine which had used underage models in the past, as well as for the modeling industry as a whole.
Because Vogue is such an influential periodical in the fashion world, there are hopes that other magazines will follow its example in implementing health guidelines for their models. In the following photo, Scarlett Johansson and Adele provide an example of the healthy, beautiful women that are to grace Vogue‘s pages. A primary reason why Vogue is adapting these rules is because it seeks to portray the message that “health is beautiful.” In addition to commitment to fashion, the magazine’s editors also want to emphasize how much they value their models’ health – and with good reason. Over the course of the past few years, the health of fashion models has been a topic of concern. Certain events, such as the death of two models in 2006-2007 due to eating disorders, indicated that changes definitely needed to be made.
The use of healthy models in Vogue will not only be beneficial for the women within the magazine, but those who read it as well. Underweight models in fashion magazines set unhealthy standards for women. Young girls, especially, are hugely influenced by what they see in the media. When presented with underweight models portrayed in a fashionable light, they could easily turn to unhealthy means of achieving what they believe to be beauty. By using healthy, of-age models instead of those who are underweight and underage, Vogue will present women who can be not only fashion models, but role models are well.
I think this is a significant step that Vogue is taking as a means to protect their models, and I’m so glad that Condé Nast International, the company under which Vogue operates, is making this commitment. I’ve seen how young women can be so easily influenced by the media, and agree that seeing underweight models can have a negative impact on body image. Hopefully other fashion magazines will follow Vogue‘s lead and implement the same rules for their own models.
What do you think of the new rules, Lovelyish readers? Do you think Vogue‘s new model guidelines will influence other magazines?