France Set To Ban Super-Skinny Models

It has been reported that it looks likely that the French government will bring back a bill that bans excessively thin fashion models alongside issuing a fine to the modelling agency and/or fashion house that hires them. As part of the proposed law, their agents could even end up in jail.

This is due to a link between high fashion, body image and eating disorders on French catwalks. Style conscious France and indeed, Paris Fashion Week is notorious for using waif like models where some their neighbours are beginning to look towards a healthier look. Italy, Spain and Israel have already adopted laws against too-thin models on catwalks and in advertising campaigns in early 2013. The news comes from Health Minister Marisol Touraine earlier this week.

Under the proposed legislation, any model who wants to work has to have a BMI (height to weight ratio) of at least 18 and would be subject to regular weight checks. The normal weight BMI range is around 18.5 to 25. Touraine says that the ban would protect young women who see models as the ideal female form.  The law would enforce large fines for any breaches with up to six months in jail for any staff involved, French Socialist Party legislator Olivier Veran, who wrote the amendments, told French newspaper Le Parisien.

The amendment also proposes serious penalties for anything made public encouraging extreme thinness, such as pro-anorexia website.

In 2007, Isabelle Caro, an anorexic 28-year-old former French fashion model, died whilst posing for a campaign to raise awareness about the illness. And in 2013, designer Hedi Slimane was chastised for casting shockingly thin male models at an Yves Saint Laurent show in paris.



1 comment

  1. I really enjoyed your post! Very interesting indeed, didn’t know Caro died :(! Keep it up! Check out my blog, if you get the time! I only just recently posted my take on Paris Fashion Week, I’d love to know what you think!


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