Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Vogue makes commitment to health in beauty

I suppose you’ve heard about the announcement – that Vogue (all 19 editions of it) has pledged not to use underage, that is, girls under 16, models, nor to use models they believe to have an eating disorder, in an attempt …

Tue, May 8, 2012, 10:30

   

I suppose you’ve heard about the announcement – that Vogue (all 19 editions of it) has pledged not to use underage, that is, girls under 16, models, nor to use models they believe to have an eating disorder, in an attempt to address the links between fashion and eating disorders.

The Guardian has the full news story here. Though I acknowledge that this is, by and large, a positive step, once again I can’t help but question this “ownership” of women’s bodies . . . but that is a broader question and perhaps not one that can be answered in the context of fashion magazines. I would like to know how they judge which models “appear” to have an eating disorder. Abbey Lee Kershaw, for example? Or what about Sasha Pivovarova? Or even their beloved Karlie Kloss?