Vogue Mexico violates Health Initiative

Vogue Mexico is the third international edition of Vogue Magazine to violate Vogue's June 2012 Health Initiative.

15 year old model Julie Borawska's appearance in the November issue of Vogue Mexico has been brought to the attention of fashion blogs and is the third official age violation of Vogue's Health Initiatve. The year and a half old pledge pledged to no longer hire models under the age of 16. 

 Clockwise: Julie Borawska (at 15) for Vogue Mexico, Sarah Kees (at 15) for Vogue Italia, Ondria Hardin (at 15) for Vogue China, and Thairine Garcia (at 14) at Vogue Japan

Clockwise: Julie Borawska (at 15) for Vogue Mexico, Sarah Kees (at 15) for Vogue Italia, Ondria Hardin (at 15) for Vogue China, and Thairine Garcia (at 14) at Vogue Japan

The first violation was committed by Vogue China with an August 2012 editorial featuring Ondria Hardin. September saw Vogue Italia publish an editorial featuring Sarah Kees. Around the same time, Thairine Garcia was hired by Vogue Japan but the editorial was never run. 

According to Kelly Talamas, Vogue Mexico EIC, the magazine purchased the images from photographer Kevin Sinclair, and had no role int he casting or production. Sinclair has stated:

I was not aware the model was 15 years of age. When we communicated with her agency in Poland they never mentioned that she was so young. We were all under the impression that she was 18 years or older, not 15.

But a simple Google search from Vogue Mexico or Sinclair would have shown her age. Fashionista.com points out that her Fashion Model Directory profile, Instagram, thread at The Fashion Spot, and Gaga Models' (her agency) website all list her age as 15. 

Seems like a pretty weak excuse from Sinclair and Vogue.