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.
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.