The French Parliament passed a new law last week that subjects modeling agents and fashion houses to fines and possible jail time for hiring excessively thin models. The law still needs final approval, but will require models to present a bill of health with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 18.
This is just one step in a part of François Hollande’s effort to crack down on anorexia, as separate measures were also taken to make it illegal to condone anorexia, which will hopefully shut down pro-eating-disorder blogs (Unfortunately, that is a real thing). Offenders face fines of up to 75,000 euros, and prison sentences as long as six months.
Spain was the first to pass this type of legislation in 2006, followed by Italy and Israel who did the same but with an even higher BMI requirement set at 18.5.
As you can guess, the National Union of Modeling Agencies have voiced complaints that this will negatively affect the competitiveness of French modeling. Hmm…health or competition? Share your thoughts on the subject below!
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