but this is kind of awesome
Germany’s most popular women’s magazine announced Monday that it is banning professional models from its pages in favor of "real women" in an attempt to combat an unhealthy standard of rail-thin beauty that it says has isolated its readers.
The editor-in-chief of Germany’s bimonthly Brigitte told reporters that, starting next year, the magazine will feature a mix of prominent women and regular readers in photo spreads for everything from beauty to fashion to fitness.
"We will pay the same fee as we would for professional models," Lebert said, adding that the magazine views the move as an investment.
Lebert said his magazine’s move "should not be understood as a declaration of war on the modeling profession."
"We are not going to become a magazine for plus-sizes," he said.
Louisa von Minckwitz, who owns the German-based Louisa Models agency, told The Associated Press she believed the ban on models was a marketing gag that would not last for long.
"Women want to see clothes on a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing person," von Minckwitz said.
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