In the last few weeks there have been talks that France may ban super skinny models in a fight against promoting anorexia, just like Italy, Israel and Spain did a few years ago. This morning, Reuters confirmed that France’s lower House of Parliament has passed this law, hence, modelling agencies and fashion houses who hire them could face fines of up to £55,000 and six months in prison. The legislation reads:
“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 labor”
Models will be required to present medical certificates showing a healthy BMI before being hired for a job (e.g. BMI of 18 for a 5’7” model), and any photoshopped images that alter a model’s appearance for commercial purposes must state that the photo has been manipulated. Also, websites that encourage their readers to “seek excessive thinness by encouraging eating restrictions for a prolonged period of time, resulting in risk of mortality or damage to health” also face the possibility of being fined up to £75,000 and a year in prison.
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