Brigitte, one of Germany's most popular women's magazines will ban professional models, opting for 'real life' women, according to Guardian's website.
"From 2010 we will not work with professional models any more," said Andreas Lebert, editor-in-chief, adding that he was "fed up" with having to retouch pictures of underweight models who bore no resemblance to ordinary women. "For years we've had to use Photoshop to fatten the girls up," he said.
There has been so much chatter recently regarding models, including the "Ralph Lauren incident" where a horrendous picture of a model whose waist practically vanished was released to the public. Interestingly enough, that same model was apparently fired for being too fat. Bear in mind this 5'10 inch model weighed in at about 120 pounds. Oh, and she's gorgeous.
While it's certainly sad to hear about incidents like this, at least it is shining a light on the ridiculous standards that companies like Ralph Lauren are setting. It seems like Brigitte magazine's is one step in the right direction!