california to clamp down on unhealthily thin models
The American state hopes to follow in France’s footsteps with a new law against dangerously skinny models.
Cracking down on models' health and general well-being, California hopes to follow in France's footsteps with a new anti-thinspiration law that aims to regulate the modelling industry once and for all. If the proposed law is passed, any model who wants to work in the state of California will have to have a health certificate from a certified doctor, while any agency or brand licensed under the California Labour Commissioner found to be hiring models who haven't been classified as healthy will be liable and could even face jail time.
According to the proposed bill, California's Department of Public Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board must "adopt rules for the health of fashion models that would include periodic health check-ups, nutrition consultations and medical testing". However it's still not clear how a model's health will be determined nor does it suggest how strictly legislation will be enforced. After all, it was only the other day that Rose and Willard made headlines for contractually forcing models to eat, which is surely an infringement of their basic human rights. Nonetheless, it's a step in the right direction.