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France Passes Bill Banning Models Who Are “Too Thin”

Is this the end of the skinny obsession?
France Passes Bill Banning Models Who Are “Too Thin” Is this the end of the skinny obsession?

Since the explosion of the heroin chic look in mid-1990s, fashion’s obsession with skinny models has shown no signs of slowing down. Everyone wanted to look like Kate Moss or the Olsen sisters with their svelte, waifish figure. But today, France passes a new law specifically created to combat anorexia and the unrealistic body image standards beginning with the world of modeling.

BBC reports that the French Parliament has adopted a bill that banns the use of models deemed excessively thin, requiring a doctor’s certificate to prove that their health is “compatible with the practice of the profession,” following the lead of countries like Italy, Spain and Israel. The final draft of the bill was approved on December 15, 2015, which allows doctors to determine whether or not a model is too thin based on their weight, age, and body shape. Offenders caught could face up to six months of jail time with a fine of €75,000 (Php 2,877,297.5).

In related news, almost 30,000 to 40,000 people in France have been affected by anorexia, 90% of whom are women.

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