France To Enforce Laws Preventing Underweight Models From Working

Next to join Israel, Spain, and Italy in fighting against underweight models in the fashion industry is France. French legislation has set two bills to enforce the law that will potentially fine modeling agencies or fashion houses who hire underweight models and send its agents to jail.

“It’s important for fashion models to say that they need to eat well and take care of their health, especially for young women who look to the models as an aesthetic ideal,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine told BFM TV on Monday.

“The law would enforce regular weight checks and fines of up to 75,000 euros ($79,000) for any breaches, with up to six months in jail for staff involved,” Socialist lawmaker Olivier Veran, who wrote the amendments, told Le Parisien, as translated by The Guardian.

Models would be responsible for keeping a medical record that showed a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 18, about 55 kg (121 lb) for a height of 1.75m (5.7 ft), before being hired for a job and for an additional few weeks afterward.

The bill also states that any pro-anorexia or encouraging extreme-thinness would be punishable by law.
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