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Shady! Vogue Breaks Its Promise (Again!) Not To Hire Underage Models

In Fashion by , on Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:49 PM (PDT)
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Ondria Harden, a model since she was 13, was 14 when she shot this image for Vogue
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Uses Two Models Under the Age of 16 After Making Pact Not To

Turns out, that when the powers that be at Vogue make a promise, they're crossing their very well-manicured fingers behind their backs. The publication - also know as the bible of the fashion industry - which puts out 19 variations of its monthly magazines all over the world, recently reneged on its vow not to employ models under the age of 16.

According to a new report, Vogue made the oath not to employ such young girls four months ago. The decision was the first point of a six-point plan called the "Health Initiative," which was designed to ensure that young girls were mature enough to withstand the pressures of the modeling industry before they started working. The rule, Vogue claimed, would apply to all 19 of its publications.

Since then, they've gone ahead and broken it twice. The first time was the hiring of 15 year-old Ondria Harden for a spread in Vogue China for its August issue. The second offense occurred just recently when 14 year-old model Thairine Garcia shot a spread, this time for Vogue Japan, that will hit stands in December. Both models have reportedly been working since they were 13.

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So far, there's been no comment from the editorial side. But we have to say, if a girl isn't even old enough to drive, she's probably not developed a thick enough skin to withstand the enormous stresses that come with working in such a brutal industry. Going back on its promise so quickly, in our opinion, isn't very Vogue at all. And, don't even get us started on the whole "we'll only use girls of a healthy weight" thing ...

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