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Vogue editors make moves to promote healthier body images

The use of underage, uber-skinny models featured in high-fashion publications has remained a prevalent issue for decades. After years of remaining at the forefront of this controversy, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her international counterparts announced on Thursday that they are making definitive moves to address body image issues in the modeling industry.

Vogue editors make moves to promote healthier body images

Vogue´s annual Shape issue
Vogue's annual Shape issue

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny does," supermodel Kate Moss once said.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Moss will grace the June issue of Vogue UK, bringing her total cover tally to 21. For impressionable, young girls looking to become the next big face in fashion, it's women like Kate Moss who serve as role models, for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, sometimes the words of these supers, the merits of their success, and vapid lifestyles are oftentimes misinterpreted, if not mimicked by millennials.

The use of underage, uber-skinny models featured in high-fashion publications has remained a prevalent issue for decades. After years of remaining at the forefront of this controversy, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her international counterparts announced on Thursday that they are making definitive moves to address body image issues in the modeling industry. This movement begins with the launch of its new Health Initiative.

In the statement released Thursday morning, chairman of Condé Nast International Jonathan Newhouse said, Vogue believes that good health is beautiful. 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."

Participating editors have signed an agreement that focuses on elevating healthier perceptions of body image in their publications, urging the fashion industry as a whole to follow in pursuit.

The six-point agreement is as follows:

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.

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