German Women's Mag Bans Models

'Whole industry is anorexic,' says fed-up editor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2009 4:12 AM CDT
Models weigh 23% less than ordinary women, complains "Brigitte" editor Andreas Lebert.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – The most popular German women's magazine is banning professional models from its editorial pages. Brigitte will use only "real woman" from now on to illustrate its stories, declared its editor, who said he was "fed up" with having to retouch pictures of underweight models who bear no resemblance to readers. "For years we've had to use Photoshop to fatten girls up," said Andreas Lebert. "This is disturbing and perverse. Models weigh around 23% less than normal women. The whole model industry is anorexic."

He's now seeking "real life" women to photograph for the magazine, which has a circulation of 700,000. A model agency spokeswoman scoffed that readers won't buy a magazine to look at ordinary women. "The fact is that women want to see clothes on beautiful, aesthetically pleasing people," she told the Guardian.