On May 3rd Conde Nast International, publishers of Vogue Magazine, announce a Vogue wide ban of models under the age of 16. Nine editors of the prestigious magazine worldwide have agreed to stop using models under the age of 16, and will only use models that they see as healthy.
Thylane Loubry Blondeau in French Vogue
Since 2006 a growing number of publications and designers have been ridiculed for perpetuating an unrealistic body image. Madrid fashion week has previously banned the use overly thin models placing minimum B.M.I requirements on all models on the catwalk. Although Vogue’s recent ban does not require designers to follow any of the requirements outlined, many critiques of the industry’s obsession with thin models hope Vogue’s influence over the industry will pressure other industry leaders to follow similar guidelines.
Carmen Dell’Orefice has headlined many fashion shows throughout her amazing career.
Several auxiliary industries have attempted using ‘healthy’ models in advertisements, and some companies, like Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, have developed viral advertisements showing consumers that power of editing. Although the fashion industry is slow to catch on this trend, Vogue’s recent ban will hopefully achieve a greater influx of healthy and age appropriate models in the industry.
Stills for the Dove ‘Real Beauty’ campaign
Conde Nast International family does include several other fashion publications that are not required to follow the ban but will be encouraged to do so. The ban’s follows a six-point pact that will be released in the upcoming June issue of Vogue.