France bans super-skinny ramp models

France bans super-skinny ramp models
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French deputies on Friday voted to ban ultra-thin catwalk models, despite howls of protest from modelling agencies in the world’s fashion capital.

French deputies on Friday voted to ban ultra-thin catwalk models, despite howls of protest from modelling agencies in the world’s fashion capital.

“Anyone whose body mass index... Is below a certain level will not be able to work as a catwalk model,” according to the amendment voted in the National Assembly Lower House of Parliament.
Agencies found employing models considered too thin could be liable for a fine of up to 75,000 euros ($85,000) and six months in prison. “The prospect of such a punishment will have the effect of regulating the entire sector,” said Olivier Veran, the deputy proposing the amendment, who said that similar measures had been taken in Spain, Italy and Israel. Health minister Marisol Touraine had previously said that young models should “eat well and look after their health”. “This is an important message to young women who see these models as an aesthetic example,” added the minister.
However, the National Union of Modelling Agencies has complained this would affect the competitiveness of French modelling.
The new law comes after a similar amendment was passed that would punish people inciting others to “extreme thinness” to a year in prison and a fine of 10,000 euros. That law was aimed at so-called “pro-ana” websites that some accuse of encouraging anorexia. Lawmakers also approved a separate measure making it illegal to condone anorexia, a move targeting Internet sites that encourage dangerous weight loss.
“The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labo-ur,” the bill said. The lawmaker behind the bill previously said models would have to present a medical certificate showing a BMI of at least 18, about 55 kg for a height of 5.7 feet, before being hired for a job.
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