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France Have New Laws On Too Thin Models And It’s The Best News

France have came to their senses and it's only a matter of time before the rest of the world jumps on the band wagon. They have passed new laws banning 'excessively thin' models saying that they will

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France have came to their senses and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world jumps on the band wagon. They have passed new laws banning ‘excessively thin’ models saying that they will need a doctors note to say their weight is ‘appropriate for the job’. The law also states that if an image has been photoshopped to change the models body, it needs to be stated clearly that the image has been ‘altered’. Hiring a too thin model could lead to a whopping fine, or even 6 months in prison. In my eyes, it’s not even worth it!

What is with the obsession for such tiny thin models? No average woman weighs 90lbs – 120lbs which is the average weight for female runway models, which is REALLY thin for a woman with a height of 5ft 11. If we have a model who weighs 100 lbs and she is 5ft 11, her calculated BMI is 14.0, the barrier for underweight is anything under 18.5, so seriously, what is with the severely underweight models?

The law also states that 30,000 to 40,000 women in France have anorexia nervosa which means they have a loss of appetite for food and is a serious a medical condition. But it’s no the wonder, we know France is pretty much the capital for high fashion and French women do know how do dress best (see How To Be Parisian post) so when these women are looking to the runway for fresh ideas they are constantly gazing at these excessively thin models no doubt causing a complex about their own body image.

It’s only right that these laws have been put in place and well, round of applause to France in doing so! BIG round of applause. There has been a lot of positive feedback since the release of the new laws, and we hope this is the start of something positive and more of this…

 

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