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September 26, 2012
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Vogue Japan Violates Pledge Not To Use Under Age Models


Thairine Garcia

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.

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August 02, 2011
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The Prada Campaign Video Will Leave You Stroking Your Legs

Mulberry aren't the only brand launching a video to accompany their fall ad campaign. Say hello to Prada's new campaign video shot by Steven Meisel. Expect Frida Gustavsson, Kelly Mittendorf and Ondria Hardin to appear doing a lot of leg stroking, blinking and looking effortless as the camera pans into the details of the collection like the new season bags, socks and buttons on jackets.

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