Thin Fashion Models: Extremely Thin Fashion Models Banned In France
France has implemented a new law banning extremely thin fashion models.
The new law came into effect last week after months of severe health concerns raised.
Now, before participating in any modelling activity, models will be required to provide a doctor’s certificate attesting to their overall physical health.
Special attention will be paid to the models body mass index (BMI) – a measure of a person’s weight in relation to their height.
France’s health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty challenging women who desire to look like the thin models..
Also, according to the new law, from 1st of October 2017, pictures of models that have been altered or enhanced digitally will have to be labelled.
Images where a model’s appearance has been manipulated will need to be marked photographie retouchée (English: retouched photograph).
A previous version of the bill had suggested a minimum BMI for models, prompting protests from modelling agencies in France.
But the final version, backed by a 2015 law passed by the Members of Parliament in 2015, allows doctors to decide whether a model is too thin by taking into account their weight, age, and body shape.
Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros (£63,500; $82,000) and up to six months in jail.
France’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, in a statement on Friday said:
“Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that can impact health-related behaviour.”
France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models – Italy, Spain and Israel have all done so.
In France, between 30,000 to 40,000 people are affected by Anorexia, 90% of whom are women.