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
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.
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.