The editors of Vogue's 19 editions, from Anna Wintour to the editors of China, Mexico and French versions, signed "a six-point agreement focused on promoting a healthy body image in their magazines and the wider fashion industry," writes Nina Jones.
However, those points seem to fall short. Instead of "Run fashion spreads featuring women larger than a size 2," the editors pledge to "encourage designers to 'consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes,'" according to Jones. We suppose that's a start, since small sample sizes need skinny models to wear them -- but this tack depends on editors' persuasion skills.
The editors also pledge to work with model agencies not to employ those under 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. (And how are the editors supposed to determine that, anyway?)
If you're wondering why the Conde Nast pub is taking these steps, check out the New York Daily News story reporting on a protest outside Seventeen magazine, with a group of teen mag readers "demanding that Seventeen include at least one photo spread per month that features real girls — not photo-shopped models," according to Charles Beacham and Corky Siemaszko.
“'I know how much pictures in the media have an effect in the self-esteem of girls and their body image,' said 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, an eighth-grader from Maine who led the protest."