Milan bans ultra-skinny models from catwalk
This story from Reuters UK from last month.
MILAN (Reuters) – The Italian fashion capital Milan has formally barred ultra-skinny and under-age models ahead of its February catwalk shows, as the fashion world comes under pressure to promote a healthier image.
The agreement signed on Monday (Dec. 18, 2006) between the city and its powerful fashion industry bans models under 16 and those with a body mass index of less than 18.5 from Milan’s shows.
The accord also includes courses on healthy eating and exercise and calls for a variety of clothing sizes in shows.
Spain barred models below a certain weight from Madrid’s shows in September. This month Brazil launched a campaign to ban under-age, underweight models from shows in response to the death of a Brazilian model from complications due to anorexia.
Milan’s fashion houses at first resisted calls to follow the Spanish example. Mario Boselli, the head of Italy’s National Fashion Chamber, said in September that only “maybe one girl in a hundred” of the models on show could be defined as too skinny.
Wow. The fashion industry is developing a conscience? Or is it they are afraid of lawsuits if another anoxeric model struggling to fit the desired image drops dead?