In keeping with the announcement made by Condè Naste last month that they would cease to “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” German Vogue has marked the transition with an unphotoshopped spread of models and actresses of all ages. It includes shot of the German mag’s editor Christiane Arp (In the featured image, above right).
This move represents progress in a global discussion that has seen its ups-and-downs recently. Teenager Julia Bluhm wrote for Huffington Post about her experience of delivering a 25-thousand signature petition to the headquarters of Seventeen Magazine, requesting the inclusion of non-airburshed models in every issue of the magazine. She captured her excitement at being received so warmly and participating in a positive conversation with editor Ann Shoket, but also her disappointment at not being offered any sort of guarantee about future issues of the magazine. She concludes powerfully, “So, Seventeen, I hope you understand what I’m saying — and what over 75,000 other people are saying, too. Photoshop hurts girls. We want to see pictures that look like us, in a magazine that’s supposed to be for us. You have already done so much to make the lives of teenage girls more fun. Why not go a step further?”