Wow: What models do to get around the healthy weight laws.

Models speaks up about the new Healthy weight laws in Europe to the New York Observer and how to get around them.

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Photo: Alexander Wang


Photo: Alexander Wang

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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