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Tyra Banks Applauds Vogue‘s Decision To Ban Super-Skinny & Underage Models

Submitted by on May 18, 2012 – 2:48 pm2 Comments

Tyra Banks may have started her supermodel career at the young age of 15, but the America’s Next Top Model host is applauding Vogue magazine’s recent decision to ban the use of underage models and models suspected of having a eating disorder.

Last week, Vogue editors across the world adopted a new policy to protect the health of models by banning young teens and those suspected of having an eating disorder. “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 well-being of their readers,” stated Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse to the New York Times.

The fashion magazine’s new 6-point policy states:

“1. We will not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image.

2. We will ask agents not to knowingly send us underage girls and casting directors to check IDs when casting shoots, shows, and campaigns.

3. We will help to structure mentoring programs where more mature models are able to give advice and guidance to younger girls, and we will help to raise industry-wide awareness through education, as has been integral to the Council of Fashion Designers of America Health Initiative.

4. We will encourage producers to create healthy backstage working conditions, including healthy food options and a respect for privacy. We will encourage casting agents not to keep models unreasonably late.

5. We encourage designers to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes, and encourages the use of extremely thin models.

6. We will be ambassadors for the message of healthy body image.”

As the creator of the Beauty Inside Out (BIO) campaign, no one could have been happier than Tyra, who appeared on CNN to sing Vogue‘s praises. “I think it’s amazing that they’re doing it because they do not have to,” said the former Victoria’s Secret model. “There is nothing legal saying that Vogue had to make this decision. This is something that they are doing on their own. This is a moment to celebrate.  I live for this, for expanding the definition of beauty, for not having a stereotype and such, a one physicality that we all have to live up to, so I applaud Vogue. And this is not just American Vogue, this is in 19 countries, this is every single Vogue on the entire globe so that’s pretty amazing.”

Check out Tyra’s full CNN interview below. Do you think all magazines should adopt Vogue‘s new policy?

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