French Models Now Need A Doctor's Note To Prove They Aren't Unhealthily Skinny
The French fashion industry are cracking down on size zero
The size zero debate is an ongoing one within the fashion industry, but now French MPs are cracking down on ultra-skinny models and have just approved a new law that will mean they will have to provide a medical certificate stating they are in good health in order to get work.
It's a move that aims not just to help combat the growing problems of eating disorders like anorexia within the modelling industry, but hopes to help promote a healthier body image for young people across the country as a whole.
To work, models in France will now have to provide their employers with a copy of the health certificate proving their body mass index is of a healthy level. Failure to do so won't just result in them losing work, but could be punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £54,500.
The move comes part of a wider health bill, which also means that images used in magazines where models have been photoshopped and retouched will now have to be labeled as 'touched up.'
Not everyone is happy about this though and Synam, which represents 40 modelling agencies in France, have criticised the way the bill fails to address the mental illness aspect of eating disorders.
“It’s very serious to conflate anorexia with the thinness of models and it ignores the fact that anorexia is a psychogenic illness,” Isabelle Saint-Felix, secretary general of Synam, told AFP.
France isn't the first country to make this move and follow in the footsteps of Israel, Spain and Italy, who have all taken steps to prevent super-skinny models from walking runways or landing shoots.
- By Linds Foley.
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