The “Vogue” Health Initiative Introduces New Era for Fashion Models!

    Vogue news is in and it’s pretty impressive. The editors of the paramount fashion magazine have decided to instate new guidelines when casting models. Now, models have to be over 16 years of age and they cannot be so skinny they appear to have an eating disorder.

    All 19 Vogue editors around the world have agreed to the new regulations, prompting a sigh of relief from many.

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    Vogue believes that good health is beautiful…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 (Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman, Vogue online).

    I think it’s fantastic Vogue is pursuing this initiative. Finally, the editors understand that many of the women they feature just don’t portray the everyday woman. And if their intention is to sell to the everyday woman, they need to feature models that readers can relate to.

    This is also great for the models of Vogue. Now they don’t need to starve themselves in order to meet unrealistic expectations. I’m sure they’ll still need to be slim, but slim is fine if it’s healthy. There is no way emaciated could ever be considered healthy. I can only imagine that Vogue’s decision has come as a huge relief for models.

    Vogue’s decision is also fantastic for its young readers. The desire to be “perfect” is a common sentiment, and when young girls view the overly skinny women in Vogue, they get a false representation of what is considered “normal” and “beautiful.” As a result, many young girls starve themselves in order to meet these standards. This is ironic since the models themselves have to starve to meet the unrealistic standards.

    Vogue is considered the pinnacle when it comes to fashion magazines. So with it pushing The Health Initiative forward, it should encourage other fashion magazines to introduce similar policies when it comes to hiring models. This could be the beginning of a new era in modeling and I’m excited to see where it leads the industry. I pray other magazines follow suit, and that they do so sooner rather than later.

    What do the girls think about Vogue’s Health Initiative? Do you think other fashion magazines should follow suit?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. This is not something I would expect from a secular magazine, but good move VOGUE! It’s awesome that they actually care about us young ladies! 🙂 Yes, other magazines should follow suit… it would be doing the models AND everyone else a favor! 🙂

    2. I think this is great news, definitely a good step!

      All three of those cover pictures above have obviously been treated with Photoshop (they don’t even look real, they made the women look almost plastic.

      Is Vogue meant for the everyday woman? Because I got the impression that it was meant for people with extreme lifestyles (‘super rich’ people), like for people who can even HOPE to afford anything advertised in the magazine — the famous 10-year old that modeled for the French Vogue had on a necklace that was priced around 30 million dollars! That’s ridiculous! What was it made of and who designed it to even be worth that much!?
      Vogue still has a long way to go to encourage a healthy outlook on life, but the Health Initiative is a very good start!

    3. This is awesome! Ladies like adele who are both beutiful AND healty are such an inspiration to love who we are as individuals. I hope and pray that this is the turning point in an industry that looks glamorous from the outside; Making it a safer, healthier place.

    4. I kinda have a problem with the fact that they “cannot be so skinny they appear to have an eating disorder.” I have some friend who are THAT skinny because to other health issues. Would that mean that they wouldn’t be accepted to model? It kinda cuts out that people that are extremely skinny from something they can control and that not really fair. I understand that they don’t want models that make other girls feel inferior but its still not fair for a large portion of people.

    5. This is fantastic! Vogue isn’t the only one, though; I’ve noticed that nowadays in the media, more celebrities are encouraging others to step outside of the skin-n-bones status quo and just be their beautiful selves! This is great news that Vogue is now following along (especially since the definition of the word “vogue” in itself means what is in and popular). Healthy bodies are becoming IN VOGUE!!! Literally!

    6. ah huh. hmmm,i guess this is good. except maybe for motive,and that vouge is probably for the “rich” (we are all rich if we have food on the table,indoor plumbing,a roof over our head,hot shower water,and CLEAN DRINKING WATER!! i’m talking about the rich people who buy more stuff to feel happy)people. it’s a great idea,but what is their motive?

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