Will Vogue's healthy models initiative improve body image issues?
The editors of Vogue magazines around the world have made a pact to project the image of healthy models, according to a Conde Nast International announcement Thursday.
The 19 editors agreed not to "knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder." They also promised to ask casting directors to check IDs at photo shoots and fashion shows, and for ad campaigns.
The announcement also states the magazine's goal to "be ambassadors for the message of healthy body image."
Conde Nast publishes other magazines, including Glamour and Allure, but a spokeswoman said there are no current plans for the new guidelines to be adopted across the company.
The fashion industry has faced persistent criticism for creating a largely unattainable and unhealthy standard of beauty, particularly for young girls.
In February, the Council of Fashion Designers of America updated the rules for New York Fashion Week to exclude models younger than 16.
We asked the CBC Community then whether they were satisfied with the changes to the CFDA's rules. Just 27 per cent voted yes, while 60 per cent voted no.
Will Vogue's new rules against young, too-thin models make a positive impact? Why or why not? Could a magazine as influential as Vogue help shape the standard of beauty in the industry? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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