Vogue Vow to Use Healthy 16-and-Over Models

All 19 international editions of Vogue have come together to agree on new model rules which will become effective starting from the June 2012 issue. The new rules outline that models should be at least 16-years-old or older, and they are now also placing an emphasis on model that look healthy. Condé Nast International chairman, Jonathan Newhouse, commented that Vogue editors want to tackle these controversial issues head on: “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.”

This is yet another step forward which aims to keep models healthy and out of danger. The Vogue statement included the following 6 points which they say they will now adhere to when casting:

“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.”

Hailey Clauson, who previously caused a stir for modeling aged 15

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