Friday, 17 June 2016

France Bans Stick Thin Models

In her address at the launch party in South Kensington, in the Natural History Museum (ironically), to open London Fashion Week in 2006, supermodel Erin O’Connor said that “all opinions are welcome” on the idea of banning skinny models from the catwalk. “I think it’s a debate that will happen in good time,” she added. Spain and Italy imposed such a ban in 2006, with the former imposing restrictions prior to Madrid Fashion Week that meant “any model with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 18 could be banned from taking part in the show,” Widiane Moussa reports for The London Paper (2006). “Doctors use the index, which is a ratio of height to weight, to calculate the healthy size for an individual.” Although organisers in London resisted demands that they should follow suit, as Israel went on to do in 2012, “Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, entered into the debate at the weekend saying, “I applaud this welcome decision taken by Madrid to ban super-thin models. I urge the organisers of London Fashion Week to do the same.”

According to an article in the Evening Standard, “Designers, including Paul Smith, Allegra Hicks, Alicia Moussaief and high street chains Zara and Biba have all backed the call.” (21 September 2006).

An article on the BBC’s website explains: “UN health experts recommend a BMI of between 18.5 and about 25, and some models may fall well below the minimum...The Spanish Association of Fashion Designers has decided to ban models who have a BMI of less than 18. Unhealthily skinny models at last year's fashion shows led to protests from doctors and women's rights groups...Madrid's local government says it wants to set a more positive, healthy image of beauty for teenagers to follow. ‘Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk,’ said regional official Concha Guerra. Spain's Anorexia and Bulimia Association says if designers refuse to follow these voluntary restrictions the government should legislate to ban thin models. However, some sections of the fashion world have expressed outrage at the idea of weight restrictions. Cathy Gould, of New York's Elite modelling agency, said the fashion industry was being used as a scapegoat for weight-related illnesses. ‘I understand they want to set this tone of healthy beautiful women but what about discrimination against the model and what about the freedom of the designer?’ she asked, adding that the careers of naturally "gazelle-like" models could be damaged.”
(Madrid bans waifs from catwalks, 13 September 2006,

Steve Bloomfield, from the Eating Disorders Association, pointed out that, “It should not be aspirational to look ill.” If the UN and Israel are involved, however, you can bet your life something is up and that this is likely to be an attack on art and culture in the Western world. Although it is the corrupt World Health organisation that classes anything below 18.5 as underweight so this is where the UN gets its ‘figure’ from (pardon the pun!).

France passes bill banning 'excessively thin' models
18 December 2015

French MPs have adopted a bill aimed at banning the use of fashion models deemed to be "excessively thin."

Models will need a doctor's certificate that their health is "compatible with the practise of the profession."

Employers who break the law could face up to six months in jail and a €75,000 fine (£54,000, $81,000).

A previous version of the bill had suggested a minimum Body Mass Index (BMI) for models, prompting protests from modelling agencies in France.

But the final draft approved on Thursday allows doctors to decide whether a model is too thin by taking into account their weight, age, and body shape.

It also says that digitally altered images making a model's silhouette "narrower or wider" should be labelled "touched up."

France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models - Italy, Spain and Israel have all done so.

Anorexia affects between 30,000 to 40,000 people in France, 90% of whom are women.



No comments:

Post a Comment