Vogue Italia pulls image of teen supermodel Karlie Kloss from website after it was spotted on pro-anorexia blogs as “thinspiration”
Karlie Kloss”s shoot in the new issue of Vogue Italia was a highlight of what has so far been a stellar career.
So the fashion industry was understandably shocked when the title pulled one of the images from the online version of its article.
Now, it appears that there was a very powerful reason for doing so: the image had been appearing as “thinspiration” on pro-anorexia websites.
Quick action: Vogue Italia removed this image of supermodel Karlie Kloss from its website after it started appearing on pro-anorexia websites
The photograph, taken by top photographer Steven Meisel, shows the 19-year-old in a cropped leather jacket and black denim hotpants, dramatically twisted at the waist.
Its appearance on so-called “pro-ana” sites is an alarming development, especially given that the magazine”s long-standing editor, Franca Sozzani, is a passionate campaigner against the sites, which advocate eating disorders.
While eating disorder support groups are disappointed that the image was published in the first place, they have praised Vogue Italia”s quick action.
Passionate: Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani launched a petition against pro-anorexia sites earlier this year
Lynn S Grefe, President and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, told Fashionista.com: “I think it’s great that [Vogue Italia] pulled it.
“If they recognized that it was a bad image, that it was having a bad effect… I”m sorry they put it up there in the first place, but good for them for pulling it.”
Just earlier this year, Ms Sozzani launched a petition against pro-ana sites on her blog.
“There [are] countless [pro-anorexia sites] and their number is growing in America and are active in all countries,” she warned.
“They… provide a kind of open confessional supporting those who are unable to carry on by themselves along a road that can only lead to death.”
Ms Grefe echoed her words: “These sites are very, very dangerous. [Peoplesuffering from eating disorders] wallow around in these sites instead of getting help.”
It should be noted that Miss Kloss attributes her body to her age and love of sports. The Victoria”s Secert newbie told Fashionista last month: “I”ve always just been incredibly physical. In high school I did sports and ballet.
“[Now] with all the traveling it’s hard to have a consistent routine. So I got a trainer, just because, I don’t know Just for the heck of it. And it’s been amazing. But I am 19 so that comes into play, too.”