Monday, April 14, 2008

Leah Dizon - Vip girl

"Fourteen is young and extreme," Australia's Vogue editor Kirsty Clements told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

"That is a big disconnect to what you are essentially supposed to be doing, selling clothes to women, and yet you are getting them so young that they haven't even developed a curve.

"What does that mean? They are going to be washed up and on the scrap heap, which actually does happen as soon as they start to develop breast and hips. It is ridiculous."

Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank said it was time publishers and fashion companies took a stand and lifted the minimum age of models to 16.

After initially standing by its decision on Jagaciak, fashion week Organizers on Friday backed down after industry pressure.

"Effective immediately both male and female models participating in AFW (Australian Fashion Week) will need to be at least 16 years of age and must be represented by a reputable model agency," organizer Simon Lock said in a statement.

(Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by David Fogarty)