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Italian Vogue Battles Anorexia, Raises Awareness Against Pro-Anorexia Websites

Italian Vogue Battles Anorexia, Raises Awareness Against Pro-Anorexia Websites

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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1:35PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

Anorexia is a serious disease and should not be taken lightly.

1:08PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

I think this is not a good sing because they do this all the time in order to make people think that they care about this issue when in reality they really don't care.

11:49AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Signed.

6:43AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Noted! Thanks for posting this.

10:42PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

thanks

4:06PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

This is NOT a step in the positive direction. Companies like Vogue do these things all the time... they do small 'things' to make others think they care when in reality they really don't care. They just want to distract others and gain more money because the slogan "Were against anorexia" is something people like.

In reality they could care less... they still will starve their models, fire them if there too big, and treat them like coat hangers. Most smoke, do drugs, and have a divore rate of about 90%.

How do I know this? I studied eating disorders for several years......

11:31AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

If anything we should be promoting the presence of more black models in fashion, which Vogue is all about, instead of scrutinizing the obvious fact that fashion models (of all nationalities) are usually unusually skinny!

http://www.styleite.com/media/vogue-italia-black-allure-photos/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/27/fashion.pressandpublishing

http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-issue/2010/02/cover-black-issue

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/090720-barbie-takes-on-vogue-italias-blac.aspx

11:27AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

You know, if anything we should be concerning ourselves with the presence of more black models before scrutinizing the obvious fact that models in fashion are usually very skinny - and Vogue is all about that too:

http://www.styleite.com/media/vogue-italia-black-allure-photos/

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/090720-barbie-takes-on-vogue-italias-blac.aspx

http://jezebel.com/#!5031485/the-all-black-issue-of-italian-vogue-both-a-success-and-a-failure

http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-issue/2010/02/cover-black-issue

11:20AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

http://www.vogue.it/magazine/petizione-contro-i-siti-pro-anoressia

This is total hypocrisy and hopefully only in play due to public scrutiny. I will not sign this because a quick Google image search for ‘thinspo vogue’ brings up tons of emaciated girls from various shoots that graced the pages of Vogue (US/Spain/etc) streaming back through quite the timeline. So you’re telling me not to emulate the very women your organization hires and promotes? That’s like having cigarette ads in your magazines but rallying against smoking; total ludicrous. Furthermore, I know what I’m getting when I buy Vogue or watch a runway show and I am comfortable with that. I think fashion’s skinny standard is an enchanting, albeit unrealistic, beauty as do millions of consumers which is why svelte disturbingly tall and disturbingly tiny models are still used, even among this on again off again controversy.

9:24AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Italy is several years behind the trend to stop abusing teens and young women who model through insisting on a thinness only accomplished through starvation. If they are finally getting the message that this is abuse and gives abusive messages to all young girls and women and to the men in their lives, then Hurray! This does not change the fact that there is a body type that in very tall and thin, and no amount of dieting is needed to appear that way. These women are not the only women on any couture cat-walk tho', so, the petition is a good idea, and hopefully only the beginning of a serious change in practice.

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