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Some sanity in the fashion Industry regarding models' weight.
Old 09-09-2006, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The following story gives me some modest hope for the fashion industry:
Madrid bans too-thin models from catwalk
Fri Sep 8, 10:30 AM ET
MADRID (AFP) - Excessively skinny fashion models will be barred from a major Madrid fashion show later this month for fear they could send the wrong message to young Spanish girls, local media reported.
Madrid's regional government, which is co-financing the Pasarela Cibeles, has vetoed around a third of the models who took part in last year's show because they weigh too little.
The authorities collaborated with a Spanish health organisation to come up with a minumum body mass -- a height-weight ratio -- of 18 for the models.
Spanish daily ABC said it was the first time such restrictions had been imposed on a fashion show, although a recent wedding dress exhibition in Barcelona banned fashion models who took a dress size below 38 (British size 10, US size eight).
Several models at last year's show provoked a row when they claimed their careers would be under threat if they put on weight.
Organisers said they wanted to "help ensure public opinion does not associate fashion, and fashion shows in particular, with an increase in anorexia, a disease which, along with bulimia, is considered ... as a mental and behavioural problem".
The event will take place on September 18-22.
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Re: Some sanity in the fashion Industry regarding models' weight.
Old 09-10-2006, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So let me get this right. A Gov is directing the future of the fashion biz ? I agree the models are very thin but why not let the industry take it's own path. I guess next they will only want platform shoes used on the runway.

I don't like it..

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Re: Some sanity in the fashion Industry regarding models' weight.
Old 09-12-2006, 01:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like Italy might get in on the act now:

"The mayor of Milan, Italy, Letizia Moratti, told an Italian newspaper this week she would seek a similar ban for her city’s show unless it could find a solution to “sick” looking models."

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Re: Some sanity in the fashion Industry regarding models' weight.
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I might agree with what they are doing, but I don't agree with who is doing it.
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree that it shouldn't be the governments getting involved, but the industry also has no motivation or interest in making changes on its own.
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"MADRID (AFP) - Excessively skinny fashion models will be barred from a major Madrid fashion show later this month for fear they could send the wrong message to young Spanish girls."

Good God, welcome to 1984. Limiting art because of the fear of a possabe thought a viewer may conjure in thier mind.
Oppression of the arts is one thing, but oppression and disscrimination against thin people because fat people might feel bad?
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Does that mean that if a model is not emaciated, then they are fat?
According to the BMI, below 18.5 is considered underweight. They banned models under a BMI of 18 (which happened to be 30% of the models). This does not mean that they were using fat models, as fat is not healthy either. The focus is on a healthy weight, not overweight, not underweight.


BMIWeight Status
Below 18.5 = Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 = Normal
25.0 – 29.9 = Overweight
30.0 and Above = Obese
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