British Vogue Signs up to New Code Protecting Models

British Vogue magazine has signed a 10-point code protecting models at work organised by Equity,(the trade union best known for representing actors and actresses) drawn up to improve the working conditions of models.

The agreement stipulates that models hired by Vogue magazine will not work longer than 10 hours a day, will have adequate food provided and will not do any semi or fully nude shoots unless agreed in advance. The code also prohibits models under the age of 16 from being photographed for shoots representing adult models. Other requisites include mandatory breaks, changing rooms, transport, prompt payment and suitable temperatures for the clothes being modelled. The news follows the Vogue Health Initiative, which was launched in May 2012 – a pact between the 20 international editors of Vogue to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.