In an unprecedented move by a fashion industry publishing powerhouse, the editors of all 19 editions of Vogue Magazine have pledged not to use models under 16 years of age or those “who appear to have an eating disorder.”
Australia Broadcasting Company broke the story, which outlined the six-point pledge that will appear in the June issues of the magazine. According to the story:
“The editors will also instruct modeling agencies not to send them underage models, require casting directors to check models’ ID prior to photo shoots and encourage “healthy backstage working conditions.” Fashion designers, meanwhile, will be encouraged – though not obliged – to “consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample (dress) sizes … which encourages the use of extremely thin models.”
The pledge comes on the heels of a fashion spread in the Paris version of the magazine featuring a 10-year old in provocative poses, which erupted in cascade of criticism.