We think this might be the change that the modeling community needs.
France’s government is anticipated to pass a bill that bans overly thin fashion models — possibly charging modeling agencies or fashion houses that hire them with fines, and even sending agents to jail!
Here’s what France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine had this to say about the reason behind the ban:
“It’s important for fashion models to say that they need to eat well and take care of their health, especially for young women who look to the models as an aesthetic ideal.”
The law would institute regular weight checks, and would fine any breachers up to 75,000 Euros, as well as punishing those with six months of jail time.
Models would have to show a medical certificate exhibiting a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 18, which translates roughly to 120 pounds for a height of 5′ 8″.
Some of the bill’s amendments allocate penalties for public encouragement of extreme thinness.
While we’d never want anyone of any body weight to be excluded from a modeling career, the limit being discussed here is medically considered to be severely underweight!
We think that this change could help fight unhealthy body image. Italy, Spain, and Israel have all passed similar laws in recent years.
But could a bill like this ever pass in the United States? What do U think?
[Image via Vogue Italia.]