France just made a major breakthrough in the fashion industry through banning ultra-thin models from the runways to combat anorexia.
Super thin models strutting the runways of France have to take their final catwalk. According to The Guardian “French MPs have approved tough measures in an attempt to combat anorexia that will make it a crime for fashion agencies to use dangerously thin or undernourished models.” French Model Agencies who use super skinny models will pay €75,000 fine or six months in prison.
It is also said that they will oblige agencies to clearly mark all photos of models that have been retouched to alter their body shape. There are no details yet on the required BMI that every model should have. But under the World Health Organization (WHO), 18.5 is considered underweight, 18 malnourished, and 17 severely malnourished. The average model measuring 1.75m (5’9”) and weighing 50kg (110lbs.) has a BMI of 16.
Although this measure only applies to France, it greatly affects the fashion scene since France houses one of the most fashionable cities in the globe – Paris. Not to mention French fashion is a sought-after style guide.
There are 40,000 people suffering from Anorexia in France, 90% of them are women. In Spain, they already started barring models that fall below a certain BMI from joining Madrid fashion shows. While Italy demands health certificates for those on the catwalk.