“The Model Alliance welcomes Vogue‘s pledge to not knowingly work with models under the age of 16, or who appear to have an eating disorder. Most editions of Vogue regularly hire models who are minors, so for Vogue to commit to no longer using models under the age of 16 marks an evolution in the industry. The use of underaged models is linked to financial exploitation, eating disorders, abandoned schooling, and contributes to models’ overall lack of empowerment in the workplace. We hope other fashion brands and magazines will follow Vogue’s impressive lead.” — Sara Ziff
“I truly commend Vogue for taking a serious interest in the protection of young people. I grew up in this business and while my mother always traveled with me for work, I met many young models over the years who weren’t as protected as I was. There were never any rules implemented for young workers who could easily work for up to 16 hours a day while unsupervised. This action by Vogue helps place a new set of values on an industry that truly needs reform.” — Milla Jovovich
“The announcement from Vogue this week is an important step in the right direction. For us to move forward and initiate change within the modeling industry we need all the leaders to be on board. Condé Nast is a force within this industry and if there truly is good intention and follow through we might see the beginnings of a powerful transformation that is long overdue.” — Carré Otis
“It’s thrilling to me that 19 editions of Vogue have agreed to setting concrete standards for the models they use. Like any industry, models need and deserve these standards of employment and treatment. Not every model appears in Vogue, but every model and every publication looks up to them as the standard bearer. I can only imagine this will prove to be a solid step in a direction that will benefit models for generations to come.” — Coco Rocha
“I am very pleased to hear of Vogue‘s Health Initiative announcement this week. It is a step in the right direction and I wish this was around when I had started modeling. I hope this will spark more discussion on this very important issue.” — Amy Lemons
Check out Vogue’s announcement. What are your thoughts?