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Vogue make pact not to use underage models

May 11, 2012

The editors of the 19 editions of Vogue magazine worldwide

have added their voices to efforts to tackle eating disorders and the use of underage girls in the modelling industry.

In a "health pact" published in their June issues, the editors jointly say they will not use models under the age of 16, or those they believe have an eating disorder, in an attempt to encourage a healthier attitude to body image within the fashion industry and among their readers.

The initiative replicates existing guidance issued by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the British Fashion Council to promote healthier behaviour in the modelling industry, but magazines have not customarily issued their own standards.

Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Vogue publisher Condé Nast International, said: "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."

Jonathan Newhouse
underage models