Germany's highest-circulation women's magazine says it will stop working with professional models next year in favor of women whose bodies better resemble those of its readers.

Andreas Lebert, editor-in-chief for Brigitte magazine, said future photo spreads will feature a mix of prominent and unknown women who "have an identity" instead of those with "protruding bones."

The move is the latest restriction on ultra-thin models, including a 2007 Spanish law banning the extremely thin from catwalks.

Brigitte has suffered a steady drop in readers over the past 20 years but with more than 719,000 copies sold per issue it remains Germany's most-read women's magazine.