Thursday, 30 April 2015

Legislation in the Paris Fashion Industry

Recently, I was notified about new legislation which has been passed by the lower house of parliament in France which will prohibit the use of models classified as too skinny as measured by a BMI of less than 18.

This would mean that modelling agencies that put forward models that are too skinny can face hefty fines of up to $105,000 AUD as well as 6 months in jail.

It was not that long ago that Paris was faced with one of the greatest anorexia horror stories of Isabella Caro and I believe that only shows the need for the implementation of these laws.

This new legislation is music to mine and I would say everyone else’ ears (hmm well maybe not Paris model agencies)!

And in a similar fashion, Spain seems to be moving away from the super skinny model trend. To combat this issue Jennifer Sky has stated that Spanish models and their agencies are filling their underwear with sandbags to increase their BMI.

In a sense the move towards banning skinny models signifies a great change for the Australian model industry in expanding their employability opportunities for Paris Fashion Week and I hope in coming years or months, the rest of Europe.

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear!

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