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Supermodel Tyra Banks believes Vogue when it says it promises to stop publishing images that "promote a healthy body image" and using models 16 and under or those who "appear to have an eating disorder." She even thinks it is a step in the right direction. “Vogue has the power to make and break -- whether it’s fashion trends, designers, models, and yes, even industry practices. Their bold stance means that others will follow,” she wrote in an open letter for The Daily Beast.
Some activists aren’t as sold and think there’s no way to actually enforce it. If the ice queen can personally style every Voguette’s outfit for the Met Gala, you’d think she could control every image that goes in her book, right? But that’s not the issue. Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, told Live Science: "You can't tell by looking at someone whether they have an eating disorder. Basing it on appearance will not capture many unhealthy behaviors that models may use to lose weight. You can be bulimic and be completely normal weight."
But Tyra has/has had her own issues with the industry’s unhealthy standards.
1)When Tyra first started getting curvy, she was given a list of designers who wouldn’t book her anymore. She showed them by becoming a supermodel. Boom!
2)Tyra is being sick of getting calls from hungry models: “On late night calls, I console them as they confide in me about their bodies maturing, and not being able to fit into sample sizes anymore. Now I know you all will still call me for advice, but I don’t think there will be as much of: “I’m hungry, Tyra, and I’m tired. But I still want to do runway and high-fashion work. I want to stay on top.” With Vogue’s new mandates, things, I hope, will now change for the better.”
3)Tyra thinks it is ridiculous that she wouldn’t be hired today. “Many of you have graciously said that you want to have the same type of career that I’ve had. But the truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy. In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”
Tyra! They wouldn’t hire Tyra! Proof that the industry has gone completely out of control bonkers. But are really going to rely on Vogue to lead us out of this fog? Maybe we should think of a plan b.
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