Models speaks up about the new Healthy weight laws in Europe to the New York Observer and how to get around them.
To ban too-thin models from the Runways, these laws offer regulations about BMI and weight. France has just proposed a new law with prison sentences of up to six months on any modeling agents or fashion houses that employ an exclusively thin model.
The New York Observer spoke to a model called Lauren, who participated in Spanish Fashion week which has a similar anti-skinny law. She tells: I did Fashion Week in Spain after they enforced a similar law and agencies found a loophole. They gave us Spanx underwear to stuff with weighted sandbags so the thinnest of girls had a ‘healthy’ weight on the scales. I even saw them put weights in their hair.”
Solution: Age limit for Models
Some models claim that the new regulations are unfair, they have a low BMI naturally. Lauren had this to add: “Models’ bodies are already so harshly scrutinized, is it a solution to make it illegal to be underweight as a model? We all know that many girls are born skinny; it is natural. Why should they be made to feel wrong about it? It is shortsighted to think that simply forcing models to be a certain BMI will change the fashion industry. I think a better solution is to raise the age limit for models to 18. Many ultra-thin models are simply still going through puberty, and allowing their bodies to form before their career would be beneficial to all.”
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