‘Teen Vogue’s Ali Michael Story Sends Mixed Messages

Ali in the Fall ‘08 Marc by Marc Jacobs show.Photo: imaxtree

Last week Ali Michael went on the Today show to discuss struggles with her weight as an up-and-coming-model. Sitting beside her was Teen Vogue editor Amy Astley. She was there to remind us that Teen Vogue would have Ali’s story in the June/July issue. Which means it’s excerpt time! Ali explains in the article that when she started working with her agency in Dallas she was told to lose weight, so she cut out junk and fast food. But then she came to New York and had to lose even more:

Now on Teen Vogue’s Website, a portion of the story is accompanied by a link that reads, “Follow Ali’s catwalk career in our slideshow of recent runway appearances.” As if to say, “Look how skinny she used to be.” A bit of a strange way to illustrate the message, but hey, page views are page views.

Extreme Measures [Teen Vogue]

‘Teen Vogue’s Ali Michael Story Sends Mixed Messages