France Passes Law That Bans Too-Skinny Models & Enforces Weight Checks

Last month we reported that France might soon require models to maintain a body mass index of 18 or higher.
According to WWD, it’s official. France has passed a law that will ban excessively thin fashion models and start presenting fines to agencies and fashion houses who hire them. The law passed this morning and requires models present medical proof of a BMI of at least 18 to be hired. According to BMI calculators, a person with a BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight while “normal” weight ranges from 18.5–24.9  BMI. Fashion houses and agency professionals that ignore the new ruling could face up to $82,000 in fines or even prison time.
The French government took notice of the issue after a 28-year-old fashion model, Isabelle Caro, died from anorexia in 2007.
France joins Italy, Spain and Israel who passed similar laws in 2013 against the culture of super-skinny models on the catwalk and in advertising campaigns.
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