Franca Sozzani‘s blog posts tend to be a source of confusion. Blame the translation from Italian, blame Sozzani herself — regardless, we have to give the Vogue Italia editrix credit for addressing issues publicly on the web. Can you imagine Anna Wintour doing the same? Nope. Sozzani’s written about advertising, trashy photogs, John Galliano and bloggers (meta!). Now she’s taking on pro-anorexia websites.
In her post, Sozzani discusses sources that have been blamed for the prevalence of eating disorders: family, fashion and Facebook. She cites a new study that blames the social network, and then does a little research herself.
Leaving aside for a minute the parents, who may be too busy working to constantly keep check of the number of hours spent by their children in front of the computer, I was intrigued by such theories and decided to check Facebook out. What struck me was finding out that it is true that sites like “pro-ana” in support of anorexia were originally pages created on Facebook, but – without meaning to defend Facebook that, being so vast, is impossible to control – it is the multitude of pro anorexia website that is truly scary.
Pro-ana sites have been around for years, but it’s still refreshing to see how genuinely shocked and appalled the editor is.
On Facebook users share everything and for sure will make comments on anorexia, make fun of it or encourage it: yet exclusively pro-anorexia blogs and websites in my opinion are much more dangerous. There countless of them and their number is growing in America and are active in all countries. They have weird names and, from “Ana’s girls” onwards, 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.
She then issues a call to arms, asking that readers sign Vogue Italia‘s petition against such sites: “Fashion has been always blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia, and our commitment is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder.”
We commend Sozzani for taking such a strong stand, and hope this view informs the types of images that end up in the pages Vogue.