Saturday, April 4, 2015
France Bans Ultra-Thin Models
French law-makers voted on Friday to ban ultra-thin models, despite of howls of protesters from modelling agencies in the world's fashion capital. The National Assembly lower house of parliament also backed a law making "a retouched photo" tag compulsory when people's bodies in commercial images are Photoshopped. "Anyone whose 'body mass index' (BMI) is below a certain level will not be able to work as model" Those found employing models considered too thin will be liable for a fine up to 75,000 Euros ($ 85,000) and six months in prison. The deputy proposing the amendment said " the prospects of such a punishment will effect of regulating the entire sector. Similar measures had been taken in Spain, Italy and Israel. The National Assembly also voted to make it a crime to encourage excessive thinness, a measure aimed at "Pro-ana" websites that are seen extolling and promoting anorexia and bulimia. If made law, those found guilty could face a year in jail and fine up to 10,000 euros.