It's only been four months since the international versions of Vogue came together to agree not to use models under the age of 16 but already, Vogue Japan has gone against its word. The magazine shot 14 year-old Brazilian model Thairine Garcia for its December issue and ironically, the shoot was shot by Sharif Hamza, the photographer behind that controversial Vogue Paris shoot with the young girls dressed up as older women.
But its not the only one violating the agreement because Vogue China recently shot 15 year-old Ondria Hardin, despite the controversy that ensued after she walked in the Marc Jacobs show despite her age. In my opinion the frequent violations are indicative of a bigger issue. While the Vogue Initiative was a welcomed move into the right direction, the agreement clearly isn't worth the paper that it's printed on. And to some extent, one could go as far as saying that by having it in place without a proper enforcement mechanism actually sweeps the issue under the carpet and serves merely as a way to subdue the critics.
What do you think?