France bans excessively thin fashion models

Written by FDM

Underweight fashion models in France will no longer be able to take the catwalk. A new law was introduced to ban those considered too thin.

In order to counter promotions of thin and unhealthy bodies in the fashion world, models in France will need to hand a doctor’s certificate to prove that their health is “compatible with the practice of the profession”.

And for those who break the law, they could face up to six months in jail and a €75,000 fine (£54,000, $81,000, MAD 811,116).

A further measure will be taken into consideration starting October 1st, requires magazines, adverts and websites to mark photoshopped images, in which the bodies of models have been touched up.  The words photographie retouchée (retouched photographs) should be noted.

Anorexia affects between 30,000 to 40,000 people in France, 90% of whom are women.