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by Lindsay Ferrier on May 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

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 Vogue.com, 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.

This from Vogue.com:

"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?

 

Image via Vogue

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Comments

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  • Stacey.
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    Stacey.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I think one of the issues is caring too much about Hollywood. "Stars" make up a very small percent of the population. So while they are mostly becoming too skinny, the rest of America has a problem of being too fat. SO unless Vogue has a solution to the real issue, I dont think this will do much at all, except for the "hollywood" types.


  • mom
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    mom

    May 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM
    I think it is great but it wont do any good if designers keep making samples in size 0 or 2.

  • sunny...
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    sunnytxmom

    May 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM
    I will believe it when I see it.
  • jaxmadre
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    jaxmadre

    May 5, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Exactly, I'll believe it when I see it. I've heard this before, but it seems like it doesn't actually catch on.
    And yeah, they can use their "bigger" models, and then what? Photoshop them back down to "ideal" size like they do to Khloe Kardashian, Adele, and others?


  • Felly...
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    FellyScarlett

    May 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM
    You're sick of seeing skinny models? Well I'm sick of seeing big fake tits.
  • Missy...
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    MissyKP610

    May 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I think women are beautiful,  we don't need to exile the skinny models we just need to show more average and full figure women as well. 


  • Mary...
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    Mary Renee Reuter

    May 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I like the models in the American Apparel ads. They always look like regular people, regular size, regular make-up, regular hair but cool clothes and sexy as hell. I'm on the slender size but I'm short and I know that no matter how skinny I get I'll never look like the models because they're torsos are so loooooooooong. Short is still healthy! 

     


  • Jespren
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    Jespren

    May 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM
    I'd be a lot more impressed if they agreed to stop photoshopping their models. I'd rather see a size zero that actually looked like a 'real' woman than a photoshopped perfect size six.
  • Maevelyn
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    Maevelyn

    May 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    'good point Jespren. Also, and I'm not a size 0 or even a size 6 so don't hate, it's just as bad to assume that people who are skinny are on a crazy diet. I know plenty of girls who struggle with weight on the other side of the scale and it's just as damaging to them .On girl I know has been made fun of her entire life for her weight, people comment on how her clothes hang, ask her if she's had anything to eat and it's aweful. Sorry, nobody wants to be reminded they have the body of a 10 year old boy. 


  • butte...
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    butterflyfreak

    May 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    While I think it's a good idea in theory, I don't see it getting off the ground in practice. I would love to see the return of healthy, normal sized models, especially as I'm raising a daughter. I feel that the fashion industry is a huge influence on our youth, with some disastrous results over the last decade or so, as eating disorders become more and more common in teen girls. I'm not saying the industry is the devil and 100% responsible, but let's face it, teen girls are easily influenced and they see these stick-thin models EVERYWHERE so they can't help but believe that it is the norm and what they should look like, too. I'm a big girl, not as big as I used to be, I have lost about 20-30 in the last year, but still on the heavy side. No matter how unhappy I am with my size and body, I make a point to never say anything negative about my body. Because I know my daughter is looking to me to show her the way. I can teach my daughter to love her body or to hate it. Too many mothers don't realize how much of an influence they have on their daughter's self-image, just by being positive, or at least not negative, about their own body. So, really, if Mom falls down on the job in teaching her daughter a healthy self-image, then it's no wonder girls look up to fashion models as the ideal. So we need the models to provide a healthy, realistic ideal.


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