The prevalence of too-thin models in fashion has historically
been an issue that many industry players talk
about, sure — but despite efforts from organizations like the CFDA and model-run Model Alliance, rarely do we actually see any changes on the runway. However, a just-passed French law is hoping to change that, by holding designers and agencies accountable for the health of their employed models. And, if they refuse to comply by these newly stated rules, they could face major fines or even jail time.
Less than a month since the bill was announced, WWD reported this morning that the French parliament approved a
measure to instate strict requirements for any working model in France. The new legislation states that: "The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labor." Which, according to the bill's earlier proposal, means that each model now has to present a medical certificate that proves she has a BMI of at least 18 before being hired (a BMI of 18.5 or lower is considered "underweight").