The Days of Anorexic Models Just Might Be Coming to an End

VogueBig news for those of us who are tired of seeing 90-pound models on every page of our fashion magazines.

Vogue has just announced a new Health Initiative-- a pact between 19 of Vogue's international editors-in-chief.

The purpose, according to, is to "encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry."

What does that mean for readers? Very good things! Read on to find out!

For one thing, the international editors are promising to work with models who are healthy in their view, and promote a healthy body image.

For another, Vogue editors are pledging to become ambassadors who will promote healthy body image.

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"Vogue believes that good health is beautiful," Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman, 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 wellbeing of their readers."

I can't tell you how excited I am to read this news. Paging through fashion magazines has become simply depressing over the last several years, as models have grown thinner and thinner and thinner. I remember a time when models all were a "standard size six." Today, they are all size zero or two.

I have longed for a return to the time when models like Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista provided us with images of the types of bodies we all aspired to have-- These were women who had muscles and curves and were in the best shape of their lives. So many of the models today just look ... sick. And I don't know about you, but I don't want to see that in my magazines.

I believe that the fact that Vogue is leading the way in this Health Initiative is HUGE, and that other magazine editors will soon fall in line as well.

Once that happens, hopefully, the Hollywood actresses won't be far behind ...

What do you think about Vogue's new Health Initiative? Will it work?


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nonmember avatar zizzler

I think thin women are lovely, especially as models. As another poster pointed out, MOST americans don't have a problem with being too thin--ha! Well, maybe the kids do, with eating disorders and such, but I'm hard pressed to believe that the media is #1 in that problem (watch a documentary on eating disorder clinics and most girls starve themselves for control because of trauma, not to be 'pretty'). Anyhow...If models start looking 'average' then what's the point of even having models? They're *supposed* to be prettier and thinner than the average woman...that's why they're getting paid big money to be on a cover touting the latest fashion or whatever!

nursemc nursemc

 Models are supposed to be thinner and prettier than the average woman, not the average 10 year old. A size 12 is thinner than the average American woman. We seem to have forgotten that the point of models is to sell clothes, not women. If I see a dress on a size 0 woman, that gives me no indication of how that same dress will look on me and doesn't raise my interest in buying it. So what was the point of advertising it that way?

nonmember avatar sarah

Just because a model is underweight, it doesn't mean she is anorexic. And if she is in fact anorexic, we should be encouraging her to get the support she needs to battle the deadliest of all mental illnesses.

nonmember avatar Jess

Just want to mention that VOGUE is not following their new rule. Karlie Kloss is in the next June Vogue...and she is clearly an example of someone who looks 'anorexic.'

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