Vogue bans models “under 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder”

Anna Wintour
In late March, Isreal banned models with a Body Mass Index below 18.5, which is the BMI categorization of underweight. It was a specific, measurable categorization of models. Well now Vogue magazine, including all 19 of its editions around the world, has banned models “Under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder.” They’ve promised to check IDs during photo shoots to ensure their models aren’t underage. American Vogue has been making some strides recently by featuring “larger” women like Adele and Jennifer Hudson pre-Weight Watchers. Now they’re taking a bolder step, but is it enough? An eating disorder group says it’s a step in the right direction, but that they need to ban all models under 18 and with BMIs under 18.5:

The move by Vogue magazines to no longer work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder is a big step in the right direction, the head of a Canadian eating disorder organization says.

“Really, for them to come this far is huge,” said Dr. Robbie Campbell, associate professor of psychiatry at Western University in London, Ont., and president of the Eating Disorder Foundation of Canada.

“It’s a move toward healthy modelling, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy habits, healthy temperament, which all leads to a healthy body image.

On Thursday, Condé Nast International, the publisher of Vogue magazines, announced that 19 editors of magazines around the world made the pact to project the image of healthy models.

But the new policy only applies to Vogue magazines. A spokeswoman said there no current plans to implement these guidelines across the company to include other magazines like Glamour and Allure.

Still, Campbell said the Vogue magazines should be praised for taking that first step.

“They’re making a huge effort and we should applaud them.”

Campbell slammed the use of some of the models in magazines who portray a “sick image for our well girls to try and identify with. It’s horrid.”

Campbell said there are still problems within the 16- to 18-year age group as well and that Vogue’s guidelines should consider using older models and factor in their body mass index (BMI). He said 75 per cent of girls suffering from anorexia have a BMI of 17.5.

“I would rather them be 18 years old with an 18.5 BMI.”

But he still offered high praise for the efforts by “an international consortium, who thrive on promoting thinness, who thrive on promoting unwellness.”

Campbell said the images of models in those magazines are a major contributing factor to eating disorders. But other factors also play a role, including genetics, relationship issues, personality factors, and mental health issues such as depression, bipolar illness and obsessive compulsive disorder.

“All these things are part of the big picture. You can’t say it’s one thing. But the media is driving the one thing that seems to keep it in front of us all the time. So actually the media serves as a constant trigger as we’re trying to move these girls toward wellness.”

[From CBC.CA]

It’s a start. It would be nice to have more measurable guidelines, but baby steps I guess. I would love to see the standard for models be between a size four and six. That’s still incredibly fit, but healthy. Have you seen that image of the “plus-sized” model with the “typical” model? It’s shocking. According to the magazine that created that image, Plus Model Magazine, “Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for anorexia.” They add that “Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighted 8% less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23% less.” It’s hard to know where they got their statistics, but even if they’re not dead on, they’re believable.

I looked through so many photos of model in preparation for this story. A lot of them of course looked seriously underweight to me. Finding a model who looked especially tiny in that group was hard given the incredibly thin comparisons. So these photos are somewhat random. There’s also one of Candice Swanepoel back when she was exceptionally tiny and it was such a controversy. She looks small compared to other models, but the Victoria’s Secret models are usually more “normal” size, which is of course incredibly relative in the fashion industry.

Also, I just want to recount what American Vogue editor Anna Wintour once said on 60 Minutes about the controversy over too-thin models.

I’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses. There’s such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason, everybody focuses on anorexia.

That’s so bitchy, but at least she was convinced to do something. I bet she fought back too. This woman admitted telling Oprah to lose weight before she earned the cover in 1998.

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  1. Rhea says:

    Finally. It’s a start…

  2. Eve says:

    The comments on Radar are disheartening though…one said “The fat model makes me never want to eat again.”

    By the way, I don’t believe in what this bitch (Wintour) says. She considers Gisele Bündchen “curvatious” (Bündchen was on the cover of Vogue next to the headline that said: “The Return of the Curves”). I mean, come on…

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    So it’s ok to look anorexic if you’re over 16? I just want to know how models aren’t serial killers. I am so bitchy when I’m hungry there would be dead bitches up and down the street.

  4. truthSF says:

    Adriana looks fat next to that extreeeemly bony chick in the middle of the 3rd pic.

  5. Celia says:

    well, there a women (BMI under 18.5 or even 17.5) who are healthy and just naturally thin. should they force themselves to gain weight? I don’t think so. but banning underage women and those who clearly show symptoms of anorexia (which is far more than just the low weight) may be helpful.

    • Buzz Kllington says:

      ITA. The BMI, btw, is a lousy determinant of body weight and health since the method does not differentiate between muscle mass, water and fat. Healthy, muscular athletes qualify as obese under the BMI — it’s total BS.

    • Eve says:

      I agree with the BMI not being a good determinant of body weight and health.

      The healthiest I’ve ever been was (coincidently) when my BMI was under 18.5.

    • Lucinda says:

      BMI is not very accurate in many situations but it is a place to start. To allow them to exclude only those who “look” underweight in an industry where perspective is so skewed just won’t work. At least with BMI you have a hard number and let’s be honest, most of these models don’t have much muscle mass so I think BMI will probably work just fine for them. At least as a screening tool.

    • skipper says:

      This arguement has no weight – the arguement that some people are just “naturally thin.” We’re not telling them to gain weight, we just shouldn’t let them be in fashion magazines. Just like “naturally heavy” people. They don’t have to lose weight, they just don’t get featured in the magazine.

      Oops. No pun intended.

  6. Ming says:

    Silently weeping, Kate Bosworth munched air and asked herself, what the world had become.

  7. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    I believe girls should finish their studies first and then take up modeling.
    Coming back to being anorexic, well, that is not good. Instead of banning anorexic models, people should ban those designers who want anorexic girls to model for their clothes.

    • Eve says:

      Word! These girls lose dramatic amounts of weight because otherwise they won’t be hired (at least not for good, well-paid jobs).

    • flan says:

      Agree. Girls under 16 should not model at all, (except for youngsters clothes and then only with an accompanying parent).

      Predatory photographers and others who only cast a girl if she sleeps with them are too prevalent.

      Glad they do this, but it’s only one step of many. I used to buy magazines like Vogue, until I realize the main thing they do is harm women.

  8. jacquie109 says:

    I think 16 is a good age. You can get a job at 16 and modeling is a job. As long as they promote a healthy body image, which would be in range on the BMI chart I don’t see a problem. For someone my height the weight range (at 5’4″) is 118 to 140 lbs. So taller models will need to weigh more. The thing people don’t understand is that most professional models work out all day so they are solid muscle and muscle weighs more than fat so of course they are going to look thinner.

    • RN says:

      Muscle weighs exactly the same amount as fat. One pound of muscle is the same as one pound of fat. They’re each a pound.

      I’m an FIT grad and worked in the industry for years and no, most models do NOT work out all day. The fact that you believe that their bodies are composed of “solid muscle” made me laugh out loud. They do walk a lot to their go-sees, but they diet rigorously and smoke. They’re deathly afraid of building muscle and shun weight training. You can see their poor muscle tone in person.

      • Amelia says:

        I think what Jacquie109 meant was that if you had one cubic metre of fat and one cubic metre of muscle, the muscle would weigh more as the fibres are more densely compacted. However ITA on the muscle thing. I’ve never seen a model (that isn’t male) with well defined muscles.

    • Raven says:

      It’s pretty clear that they don’t work out all day. If they did, they’d show muscle instead of bone.

  9. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I like that Vogue is changing their standards because it is extremwly ridiculous. Gisele was 5’10 and 115 pounds (though I believe she it was/is natural for her since looked like that before the career) and they were saying she was curvy. Big boobs and no shape down yonder is not curvy. And gissy is my girl, but c’mon.

    My two cousins look thin at 5’10 and 5’11 and are 20 to 30 pounds heavier in a size 8/10!

  10. janie says:

    …I understand what they’re trying to do, but judging models by their BMI is irritating. There are so many things that factor into it that it’s really not a true judge of health.

    I’m 5’5 and 110 lbs, giving me a BMI of 18.3. I do not diet or look too thin; I’m just small boned and have a fast metabolism.

    Maybe the designers should start making bigger clothes or ones more flattering on curves. There’s definitely pressure to lose weight, but it’s really the “coat hanger” shape these women are trying to achieve.

    • Lisa says:

      True, but they need to go on something. They’re not going to ask someone if she’s anorexic and take their word. At the heart of it, it’s a numbers game.

      • janie says:

        Oh I totally agree, I just think 18.5 is a pretty healthy BMI and lowering the requirement a little bit would make more sense.

  11. Stephanie2585 says:

    Why shouldn’t they ban too thin women?? They ban too heavy women..
    They should really only hire those who are healthy/fit albeit lean and slender if that’s so important to the fashion world..

    And if we’re honest with ourselves we’d know Victoria’s Secret models are a “more normal size” because really thin, hungry looking women with ridiculous with bolt ons (*cough leanne *cough*) would look less than great in lingerie..They need boobs, hips and ass.
    I don’t think for one second this is a significant step. People are literally dieing from these disorders and the fashion industry refuses to face facts and only hire healthy/fit women, to encourage young girls and women to eat better, exercise, etc..

    • Lisa says:

      It isn’t a model’s job to be a role model, though.

      • Ruth says:

        Why? they are picked because of thier looks, not thier character or behaviour, so why should they be role models?

  12. Linney says:

    So, wait, models shouldn’t be a size 2 or 0? That’s my size and I’m 5’7″ and my BMI is totally normal. What’s wrong with sizes 2 and 0?

    • hazeldazel says:

      you do realize that store sizing and couture sizing are different? That models are at least size 00 and are usually 5’9 at minimum?

      Think about that.

      • Ruth says:

        There is no size which is intrinsically unhealthy- some people are just very very tiny. But that doesnt mean that unusually tiny should be all we see

      • Linney says:

        Yes, I do know that. Thanks for the condescending attitude. I am a size 2 in high end clothes.

        2 and 4 are real sizes of normal people. I’m not saying anyone should starve to be small but there’s no reason to shame anyone for being smaller than a 4 if they are healthy individuals.

      • hazeldazel says:

        and size 2 and 4 would be waaaay too “fat” to be models. by a lot. models are typically size 0-00 and taller than you. Many times (not always) that weight is maintained through unhealthy ways.

        It is also not generally realistic and not even close to what average people look like, so what is the point of a designer, using someone that looks like that as an advertisement?

        That’s really the point you know – this person is a seller of clothes and the model is a walking billboard. Oh look, the walking billboard is representative of 0.00001% of the population. Now I totally don’t feel like I need/want to buy that thing. yay?

  13. Snowflake says:

    I don’t think vs angels represent the average woman. most of them are extremely thin with no boobs. which works well for vs, all you have to do is add a water bra, pushup with padding bra, and boom! they represent an look very few women can achieve. adrianna is the only one that remotely represents the average american woman’s figure.

  14. neve says:

    they’ve been saying this for years- to actually do something about it and raise the weight requirements of the models- but the problem doesn’t just lie with the fashion editors, and the girls themselves- there should be a stricter regulation of runway sample sizes, then the girls wouldn’t have to slim down so much- designers are also really at fault here, because in most cases they hold all the cards.
    when you get get some half starved russian beauty fresh off the boat, and desparate for work- then compare her to a model who’s perhaps larger and from a wealthier background- there is often no choice but to slim down to take on the skinnier competition (who in most cases is preferred by the designers). My sister had exactly this problem, and she had to become very thin for agencies to sign her on- often the anorexia is simply due to the self doubt in their own image. In this economy fashion models just no longer hold the power they did in the 80s and early 90s.

    • Minty says:

      Exactly, neve. They’ve made similar declarations in the past and nothing has changed. It’s more BS lip service.

      First of all, we shouldn’t blame the models. They have very little power in the industry. If some model won’t starve herself to fit into the sample sizes, they will hire someone who will. Yes, it’s entirely the fault of the designers, since they make the clothes, dictate the sizes, and hire the models.

      The models chosen now are younger than 10-20 years ago because it’s easier to control girls, not women. A 15-year-old is a kid. She’s still developing, still naturally skinny, still naive and easier to manipulate. Once she reaches her early twenties and becomes more womanly in shape, she’s told by her employers to lose weight and/or exercise if she wants to continue working. She might be a size 4 and they will call her fat! Or, they’ll dump her for someone younger who’ll cost less and be willing to do anything.

      Fashion’s power players don’t want 90s type supermodels to come back. Linda, Christy, Naomi, Cindy, etc., had real power back then and overshadowed the clothes. They were as famous as movie stars, could write their own ticket/charge the highest fees. Designers made sure models would never have that level of influence again.

  15. fabgrrl says:

    It’s a step, but don’t know if this ban is going to really help. There needs to be a culture shift. Designers should be encouraged to make clothes that actually look GOOD on people aren’t very tall, very thin and very young. Typically, there doesn’t seem to be ANY thought given to actually moving around in those clothes, being comfortable, or the fact that not everyone has long legs.

  16. Jess says:

    Have you seen the actress who plays the Russian model on New Girl (the roommate of Jess’s best friend)? She is scary skinny that I can’t focus on anything besides her body in any scene that she’s in.

    • Lisa says:

      Who is this? Googling “Russian model on The New Girl” takes me to mail-order bride websites!

  17. Marley says:

    I don’t get why models have to be anorexic or a size 0 when 99% of the female market is not that size. Those clothes won’t drape properly on the models and therefore give an untrue appearance of the clothing. even “plus size” models are a size 8-10 in appearance and yet they model clothing meant for the size 14 and up. crazy fashion world.

    • Lee says:

      So true. I get the J. Crew catalogue, supposedly geared to real women, and the models are at the scary skinny end of the spectrum, always. I will never, ever order anything for myself from that catalogue, because I have no idea how the clothes would actually look on a normal sized person. And I’m not a bit overweight either. But I always feel fat when I flip through those pages.

    • Zimmer says:

      The fact that designers even make a size 0 is ridiculous. Obviously it makes people who are anorexic prone shoot for becoming 0, as that number would clearly indicate perfection to someone trying to achieve perfection. How can someone have no size and be living? Anything that has mass has size and even bones have mass.

      • Marisa says:

        Ouch, people! That hurts!

        Is it the number itself your talking about? Or the measurements that fit a 0?

        Because I fit in a 0…

        …and I am living, breathing, eating… fruit rollups, grilled cheese… bacon…Oh love that bacon..I’m gonna go make some bacon brb.

      • Zimmer says:

        Mariisa, iit is the number that bothers me. A zero makes it sound like a person has no size.

  18. littlemissnaughty says:

    Well, Wintour is clearly not a sociologist so she should stop trying to draw comparisons between obesity and anorexia. Obesity is a problem, no doubt. But make no mistake, young girls aren’t driven to eat more because the media bombards them with pictures of fat people. Being skinny and too skinny is socially acceptable, celebrated even. Disordered eating is a huge problem in industrialzed countries, no matter in which direction it goes and we need to teach children about being healthy in general but that is damn hard if every single day our media culture reminds them that skinny equals beautiful, successful, happy.

    But again, these fashion people (Lagerfeld did it too) whining “what about the fat people wah wah wah” is just dumb. It’s like saying that we don’t need to do something about education as long as the health care system is not fixed.

  19. NerdMomma says:

    I’ve never understood this. I don’t look at any of those stupid magazines because I cannot relate to a single model in them. I’m a size 4 and I have a healthy lifestyle, but I will never look like those models do, nor would I want to. I don’t understand who their audience is. I remember reading Cosmo as a teenager, and even then being like, “I’m never going to look like this, oh well.” And that was back when models were healthier. I just don’t understand the idea of marketing by dangling something in my face that’s unachievable.

    • Happy21 says:

      I commend you, I think you are wonderful to accept that you will never look like the models in magazines. I know that I never will either but it is difficult to see fashion that you know will never work for your body because someone who is a size 0 is modelling it.

      And unfortunately, there are so many women out there who just want to be this and will do anything they can to achieve it. Even die.

      I know one girl who is so obsessed she is practically see through she is so thin. Its terrible. She’s 34 and has battled with eating disorders, obsessive exercising and morphed body image since her early 20’s. She is a mother and I don’t imagine she is even the least bit healthy even though she is thin.

      I have another friend who uses effedrin to obtain her perfect weight and she has been using it for years on and off. That shit will kill you but she doesn’t care as long as she is thin. To her size is everything.

      Its hard having people like that in your life because you are constantly wondering what they see when they look at you. Not that I care but I’m always curious…

  20. Nan209 says:

    The anorexic look will stop being used in magazines when women stop buying into the image. Women are their own worst enemy. Most men like curvy women.

    If it were up to me the following would change:

    1. Using stick figures who haven’t reached maturity would be seen as bad taste
    2. Size 0-1 wouldn’t exist (there would be adult sizes and children’s sizes)
    3. Breast implants wouldn’t be any bigger than a C cup and only done for 21 years old and over (hopefully by that time a gal will have learned to love her body as it is)
    4. Aging would be accepted as a badge of honor (like it is for men who are seen as sexy with gray hair and laugh lines).
    5. Pubic hair would be seen as natural and necessary instead of retro and out of date (thank you porn for getting so many men/women to shave their whoo-ha)
    6. Having a post baby body would also be honored. It takes 9 months to cook a baby and it should be understood that 9 months is the minimum to get back to pre-baby weight (and accept that your body is fundamentally changed).

    That’s my utopia. *Sigh* I’m such a dreamer.

    • Lisa says:

      “Most men like curvy women”

      Most men are also content to spend Saturday’s on the couch with their hands down their pants and a beer. When they tire of that, they pick up 20 year olds at the bar to boost their self esteem. Awful generalization, right? So is yours.

      • Nan209 says:

        Wow. I said most not ALL men, just like most men are good people but not all men are good people. There is simply no reason to attack my comment.

    • Marisa says:

      “2. Size 0-1 wouldn’t exist (there would be adult sizes and children’s sizes)”

      Please elaborate. Because for some reason it seems like you’re implying that women who are a size 0-1 are only…fit to wear children’s clothing? What? I must have this wrong…because in your utopia that would mean I would have to shop in the children’s department in order to find clothes that fit.
      Let me know if thats not what you were saying.

      Women are their own worst enemy, indeed.

      • janie says:

        Seriously. I’m now a size 2 thanks to some very healthy eating but I have a very small frame and was wearing a size 0 until last year. It’s hard for me to keep on weight and in especially stressful times, I do have to wear the smallest size in the store. There ARE people out there who struggle to keep on weight, and who are naturally small. Damn. I’m worried that if stores keep up with the vanity sizing (labeling a size 8 as a size 4, etc) there will be no clothes that fit me anymore.

  21. Meanchick says:

    Adrian does not represent the average woman;s body type. The avg. woman in this country is a size 14. In the UK, it’s 16. None of these models represent the average woman. They represent how sick and twisted the word of modeling is. Even plus size models are not plus size and the pople who go around acting like “fat” people are disgusting and should just shut up, go away and lose weight are the sickest of all. If Fat suddenly became the be all to end all and designers and wealthy men only wanted fat girls, then these same judgy assholes would be the first in line at the buffet, stuffin their faces to be “acceptable.” Maybe they’re so effin bitchy beause they’re hungry?

  22. Miss Beca says:

    Every sized person wears clothes. Why don’t we have models in every size? Just because you’re “too fat” or “too thin” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to find models who look like you wearing pretty things.

  23. Lisa says:

    I don’t want to see unhealthily thin girls on the catwalk or in magazines – it’s mostly disturbing when they’re made up to look gaunt and frail. But I don’t want unhealthily fat people in magazines either. Neither of these extremes serve anyone. Once again, good intentions, poor execution.

  24. keri says:

    Why only 16? It should be ALL models. Geez. Also, to Mrs. Wintour, I am from Minnesota and not a “small house”. It is actually one of the healthiest states. Go eat a cheeseburger b++++

  25. OlsenTriplet says:

    Call me when they ban ear-less rabbits from being their editor in chief.

  26. Ruth says:

    This is poisonous because “apper to have an eating disorder”? how do you know? You really dont know from looking. Some people are just very thin. An actual measurable BMI threshold would be much more sensible. And certainly an age limit of 18. Why are we having clothes sold to us on children?

    • Seagulls says:

      There are naturally very thin people. Have you, though, unretouched pictures of runway models? Their clavicles, ribs, shoulder blades, elbows and knees protrude painfully. They don’t look thin, they look gaunt. They look unwell.

  27. Sumodo1 says:

    It’s “Israel.”

  28. flora says:

    These are the same magazines that promote these things and then create a headline banning those things.I dont get the world.

  29. Laura says:


    ITA, I love you!

  30. skuddles says:

    Well this is a step in the right direction. I look at some of these models and just cringe in horror…. extreme malnutrition is not pretty!

  31. me says:

    When is Vogue going to start using models instead of actress for the cover. Horrible trend!!!

    16 year old look ridiculous in expensive couture clothing, which they can’t afford…and fifty yr old women shouldn’t compare themselves to these ideals

  32. Turtle Dove says:

    Well, I guess I’ll never be in Vogue. Gals, many woman, like me, are thin and have very fast metabolisms. Truly it sucks that it’s thin women who are vilified for being naturally thin. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been called a bitch behind my back or looked over and eye rolled for being thin. (shrug) What can you do?

    “Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighted 8% less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23% less.”
    People in general are way, way heavier than they were before. I have clothes that I wore in my twenties that I can still fit into and in today’s clothing market I am 2-3 sizes smaller. That’s vanity sizing.

  33. Barbara says:

    My granddaughter is a model. She is 6′ and her agency wants her to wear a size 2…she never will be able to, her hips measure 36″ like a woman should. So she is regulated to lesser paying jobs because of this.

  34. palermo says:

    well that should get rid of 2/3rds of them. I also love all the wrinkle cream ads with 18 year olds, very convincing for me to buy

  35. lucy2 says:

    BMI isn’t a great way to measure, but I guess it would give them a starting point if someone is in question.
    The age limit is good, I can’t imagine that’s a mentally healthy business for many young girls to be in.

  36. Hm says:

    Designers should be judged by how well their clothes fit and flatter a female or male figure. It makes no sense to try to eliminate the human figure so the clothing can remain flat.

  37. Dawning Red says:

    “Vogue bans models “under 16 *OR* who appear to have an eating disorder”

    I hope Ali Lohan didn’t have any jobs lined up there!

  38. Trashaddict says:

    For the life of me I don’t get why Anna Wintour is the arbiter of the fashion world. She hasn’t changed that damn haircut in years and her clothes are out of a bad 50s melodrama.

  39. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I love it. The industry gives these girls these disorders and then kicks them out for it. I’m sorry but the problem isn’t with the models its with the designers. It’s fine for some of the clothes look great on tall skinny models. I have two friends who are very tall and naturally very skin and wish they could find clothes to fit them. Designers need to be designing clothing for all shapes and sizes.

    I love on any fashion tv show when the designers are given anything other thena walking hanger they panic. What?! How do we make clothes for people with a butt and some boobs. I just want to be like … hi … have you ever met a woman before? It doesn’t matter anyway. Most of runway clothing looks as ridiculous as the models that show them off.

  40. skeptical says:

    ugh… now the thin-shaming.
    Back in my 20s i was also naturally very very slender. At 5’6 i wasn’t really model-tall but i was called model-thin and made fun of for it and often accused of not eating. I could fit into a 0 to about a 3 depending on brand (which btw, is a much better argument for getting rid of this Size Zero craze.. size is such an arbitrary number!! I still have a pair of shorts that are labeled “Petite Extra Large” wtf?))

    When you’re young, a fast metabolism really is just possible. For a few blissful years, it can be natural to eat what you want, even junk, and still be very thin.
    Ofc I then hit the big 3-0 and I don’t have that fast metabolism anymore, but i’m not about to go penalizing young women who still can be that thin while still being healthy.

    And i also agree models should not be shamed for looking as they do. They’re just trying to keep their jobs. Blame the designers. Designers choose the models they want, and a model who isn’t willing to starve down will be replaced. It’s that simple.

  41. Lisa says:

    @Ruth: That’s what I said. They aren’t meant to be role models.

  42. sup says:

    good move. now if everybody else followed suit…

  43. jocy says:

    honestly, as far as anorexia vs bulimia goes i think anna wintour is right. i mean seriously 1/3 of adults in america are overweight, another 1/3 are obese and the last third is comprised of both healthy and underweight adults. and we’re approaching those numbers in children!!! in fact children born in the coming generation will have a shorter life span and possibly die before their parents do!! you can easily look all of these stats up and confirm them. so proportion-wise, people with eating disorders don’t comprise ANYWHERE NEAR that much of the population. just saying. as an epidemic, anorexia CANNOT COMPARE to obesity in america. it can’t.

    so can i just say, because the average woman in america is overweight, saying “the average woman is this size so they should show that” and saying “they should show healthy models” is completely contradictory. i don’t agree with showing anorexic 5’11” 15-year-olds, but i don’t think we should really show the everyday-sized woman because that isn’t something we should be working towards achieving the appearance of right now. they should find a happy, skinny yet healthy medium, like size 4 US (what is that like an 8 or 10 UK?) models.

    i think this move by vogue, however, is a huge step in the right direction, even though i don’t believe for a minute they will stick to their word. literally JUST this month US vogue had a spread with 16-year-old daphne groeneveld who has been portrayed in magazines often sexually and has been working since 14. and in the past 2 months (that’s april and march) she’s had no less than 4 covers and 4 spreads in vogue magazines worldwide. that’s only the past two months. i seriously do not think they will keep this promise.