is this the end of excessive thinness on french runways?
France is reportedly backing a bill that bans unhealthy models from catwalks and campaigns.
After years of painfully skinny models parading on the catwalks of Paris, it seems likely that France's socialist government will end anorexia - an illness that affects between 30-40,000 people in France and the thing that tragically kissed French model Isabelle Caro in 2007 - on the runway by backing a bill that bans unhealthily thin models, fining the fashion houses and model agencies that hire them up €75,000, and even threatening six months jail time to those that do.
"It's important for fashion models to say that they need to eat well and take care of their health, especially for young women who look to the models as an aesthetic ideal," remarked Health Minister Marisol Touraine to BFM TV on Monday. Following the likes of Italy, Spain and Israel, all of whom adopted bills that ban excessively thin models on catwalks and campaigns in early 2013, France's new amendments would enforce regular weight checks and ask models to present a medical certificate showing a BMI of at least 18, before being hired for a job and some weeks afterwards. The bill also proposes penalties for anything that publically promotes anorexia, including pro-ana websites. Here's hoping!
Photography Charlotte Astrid