It’s Not Always Super Being a Model

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As part of the 6-point ‘Health Pact’ initiated by Vogue magazine, models under the age of 16 and those who appear to have an eating disorder will no longer be used in their publications, “in an attempt to encourage a healthier attitude to body image within the fashion industry and amongtheir readers”.

The editors of all 19 editions of Vogue are spearheading the movement in order to address the criticisms the fashion industry has received for promoting ill-health with the use of too many I-can-see-every-bone-in-your-body-skinny models.

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A recent survey conducted by the Model Alliance, a group advocating the rights of models, found that about 87% have been asked to pose nude at a casting or job without advance notice. This statistic becomes even more sickening when combined with the fact that most models start their career before the age of 16.

The survey also found that only 29% felt they could tell their agency if they were experiencing sexual harassment and more than two thirds (68%) suffer from anxiety or depression.

As part of their health pact initiative, Vogue also is asking modeling agencies not to “knowingly” send them underage girls and are requesting that casting directors check models’ ages when casting shoots, shows and campaigns.

It’s a little startling that this “health pact”, where it seems the magazine is simply requiring agencies and directors to treat the models to their basic human rights as workers, is just coming into effect now. Vogue says they are also requiring healthier backstage working conditions at shows and shoots, including providing models with healthy food options and respecting their privacy.

Respecting their privacy? Addressing this problem indicates some major oppression and objectification when it comes to how the models are viewed and treated by those who are supposed to be their peers.

It makes you wonder what goes on behind the facade of glitz and glamour that makes the life of a model look so desirable and tantalizing.

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One thought on “It’s Not Always Super Being a Model

  1. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s the high fashion modeling business that asks models to pose nude so much as when the models are freelancing without the help of a protective parent, and that would probably be more likely at an age OVER 16 when they believe they can look after themselves. Weird to me how kids can be pushed into hockey and get hit repeatedly in the head and there’s no issue about being under 16 when you play. Yet–in spite of iPhone cameras being EVERYWHERE regardless, decades of people taking pictures of kids (heard of the movie “Pretty Baby”?) and runway being a question of WALKING, there is such a fuss over models under 16. Under 16 they are more protected than at any other age! Under 16 they have to make the least effort of their lifetime to stay slim! What a lot of energy expended on one of the least harmful activities there are, affecting the smallest number of people.

    There is very little a 15 or 14 year old can do in this world that isn’t more dangerous than modeling.

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