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Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2012


 

Statement from PTC President Tim Winter on Vogue publisher Conde Nast announcing the magazine will no longer feature models 15 years of age and younger. The publisher also pledged not to employ models who appear to have an eating disorder:
 

The Parents Television Council today applauds the decision announced by Vogue Magazine publisher, Conde Nast International, not to use under-aged models or models who present an unhealthy body image. We hope this is a giant first step on the part of all media to reduce and ultimately eliminate images that sexualize young girls, or that promote an unhealthy, unrealistic body image. In recent years PTC research has exposed a troubling trend among broadcast and cable television programmers to sexualize teenaged girls; to show them more frequently as victims of violence, including sexual violence; and to depict them as vicious backstabbers who denigrate and degrade each other and themselves. Normalizing such behavior in the media poses serious, long-term harm not only to women and girls but to everyone. These trends must be reversed if we are to truly value the qualities of every girl. Today’s announcement by Vogue is an important first step in the right direction.
 
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.


The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

 

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