Italian Vogue is calling on readers to sign a petition they have created against pro-anorexia websites and blogs.
Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of the magazine, says she has done “some research” and found that Facebook is not the only “culprit of anorexia” but that there are “countless pro-anorexia websites and blogs that not only support the disorder, but also urge young people to be competitive about their ‘body shape.’”
While the fashion industry is often “blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia,” as Sozzani puts it, she wants to do her part to raise awareness of the dangers of eating disorders and pro-anorexia websites as “proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder.”
It can be argued, however, that magazines like Vogue promote an extreme thin body type that drives negative body image and eating disorders in the first place. Pro-anorexia websites may even use images of the models in magazines like Vogue as “thinspiration.”
Nonetheless, I’m happy to see an international fashion magazine take such a strong a stand against anorexia. This is the same magazine that last year launched Vogue Curvy, an online magazine feature dedicated to fashion and beauty for larger women. Both steps are positive encouragements and signs that the fashion industry is changing little by little.
As Sozzani says, “It is of paramount importance to explain to teenage girls that being skinny does not equal being perfect and to promote beauty standards which start from and are all about being healthy.”
I could not agree more.
What do you think? Is it hypocritical for Italian Vogue to create a petition against pro-anorexia websites or does the message carry more weight coming from such a large international fashion magazine?
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