Applaud Vogue for New Plan to Feature Healthy Models

Target: Ms. Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue Magazine

Goal: Thank Ms. Wintour for pledging to use healthy, adult models in Vogue

Vogue has pledged to only use healthy models over the age of 16 in its magazine. This decision comes after criticisms for using models that appear to have eating disorders or who are too young.  The images typically portrayed in magazines convey unrealistic and near impossible ideals of beauty.  Often 13 or 14-year-old models are loaded with makeup to appear older yet still retain the image of having no curves.  In 2006 and 2007 two models died from complications related to eating disorders. Thank Vogue for taking a step in the right direction and sending a positive message to girls across the world.

The magazine outlined a plan to move forward with its new model guidelines, and has vowed to stick to it. Some of its goals include not knowingly working with models that are below the age of 16 or appear to have eating disorders, asking agents to check IDs, creating a healthy backstage work environment and asking designers to make bigger sample sizes. Though some of these pledges seem more like suggestions instead of set rules, they still represent an excellent shift of attitude and perspective.

Since Vogue made this pledge, it has featured celebrities with healthy figures such as Adele and Scarlett Johansson on its cover, and plus size model Crystal Renn within its pages. These are all women with natural bodies who prove that you don’t have to have hollowed-in cheeks to be beautiful. The media has a huge impact on young girls, and Vogue has realized this and taken on the responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t contribute to eating disorders and negative body image. Thank Vogue for being a leader in the fashion world by pledging to use healthy women in its magazine.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Wintour,

The fashion industry has been a major contributor to young girls developing eating disorders and skewed body images because of the unrealistic ideals that they see in magazines. Models who are under 16 and haven’t yet developed curves or maintain a rail-thin figure by not eating enough have set the image for what is supposed to be a beautiful woman. This has been a huge problem worldwide as most people cannot live up to this standard.

The decision for Vogue to use healthy models is a major step forward for the industry. By refusing to feature models that are underage or appear to have eating disorders, Vogue is setting a new standard for many who have dreamed of being featured in the magazine. It is time for women with healthy and natural bodies to become the new definition of beauty, whether that means thin, full-figured or something in between. This will send a message to girls worldwide that they don’t need to starve themselves to compare with what they see in the magazines. Thank you for taking measures to make this change and we hope that you continue to follow through and encourage others along the way.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Naomi Louise via Wikimedia Commons.

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