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Vogue bans models who are too young, too skinny

May 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Vogue magazine, considered the world's top arbiter of style, is banning models who are too young and too thin from its pages.

Conde Nast International announced that the 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world made a pact to project the image of healthy models. They agreed to "not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder," and said they will ask casting directors to check IDs at photo shoots and fashion shows and for ad campaigns.

American, French, Chinese and British editions of the magazine are among those that will start following the new guidelines with their June issues, while the Japanese edition will begin with its July book.

"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," said Conde Nast International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse in a statement.

In its announcement, Conde Nast said it recognized that fashion models serve as role models for "many women," and the publisher wants to ensure that the models in its pages "are well cared for and educated in ways that will encourage and help them to take care of themselves, addressing as many of the pressing issues relating to ill-health in the industry as can realistically be tackled."

Conde Nast, which also publishes Glamour and Allure, has no current plans for the guidelines to be adopted across the company.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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