Vogue Won’t Be Hiring Models Below 18 Anymore
Vogue has taken a huge decision that will surely make some major impacts to the modelling industry. And by the looks of it, everyone is already shaken by it. It seems that Vogue’s changing some of the modeling standards that have existed for years now.
The fashion magazine has announced that models under 18 years of age won’t appear on any of its pages now. The decision is taken as part of Vogue’s commitment to change modeling standards within the industry. Models are often approached at young ages by agencies and made to work almost 20 hours a day. That too, with little say in what is expected out of them.
Vogue further explained why so many teenage models are hired for shows. But sadly, it has nothing to do with them. In fact, its because every fashion brand is going for curvier models like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford on their runways. Garments and dresses are specifically tailored for them. But each runway show now needs almost 40 to 50 models. So designers are now seeking girls who can fit into the small sample size dresses and that’s mostly teenagers. Since fittings would take up a lot of time, now fashion brands cast girls to fit the already tailored dresses.
The industry has been advancing at a relentless pace. Thus, Vogue believes that working conditions have become unsafe for teenage girls. Andreea Diaconu who works for Vogue herself recalled the struggles she faced while working with Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Belstaff during her early years. She shared that at the age of 14, a photographer asked her to pose topless. At the age of 16 she was required to go to bars and indulge in socializing and drinking.
Vogue also considers that the environment of the fashion industry can create harmful body images in teenagers. Karen Elson who has been associated with all major brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Chanel discussed the pressures of staying a sample size. She even revealed how giving birth brought some changes to her body. And Milan did not let her walk the ramp for the brand anymore.
With its new policy, Vogue aims to change the mindset of the industry. But also recognize that it’s unfair to employ children as models and then dress them up as adults. Top runway models like Kaia Gerber now have to wait for another 2 years before they can appear on Vogue. Even when previously, a lot of under 18 models have made their Vogue debuts, the magazine says it’s no longer right for them. Or for their readers and their models. Even when Vogue can not undo the past, it pledges for a better commitment to the future.
Looks like the fashion industry has surely come a long long way!