Italy adopts new rules on ultra-thin models
December 16, 2006 5:59pm CST
Italy adopts new rules on ultra-thin models Will need to show proof of good health before walking the catwalk ROME - Italy’s government and its fashion chiefs issued a manifesto on Saturday to crack down on the use of ultra-thin teenagers on the catwalk, requiring models to show proof of their good health or be barred from fashion shows. The charter also bans the use of models who are under the age of 16, saying they risk “sending the wrong message to girls of the same age in the delicate pre-puberty stage”. The manifesto, which will be officially signed next week, was drawn up as pressure grows on the fashion world to promote healthier looks. Spain barred models below a certain weight from Madrid fashion shows in September. Earlier this month Brazil also launched a campaign to ban underage, underweight models from its catwalks in response to the death of a Brazilian model from complications due to anorexia. “The government and fashion associations have sealed a strategic partnership to launch a common fight against anorexia,” said Youth and Sports Minister Giovanna Melandri. Powerful Milan fashion houses at first resisted calls to follow the Spanish example, with Italian National Fashion Chamber head Mario Boselli saying in September that only “maybe one girl in a hundred” could be defined as too skinny. But Boselli, whose lobby represents big names like Armani, Versace and Prada, later agreed to work with Melandri on a self regulatory code of good practice. The manifesto requires models to produce a health certificate and says those with “apparent eating disorders” will be barred from fashion shows. The criteria used will include the body mass index -- a ratio of weight to height squared. The World Health Organization classifies women with an index of less than 18.5 as underweight. ---- What does everyone think? I think it's about time. Just a few months ago a model passed out and later died during a show because she had an eating disorder.
18 Dec 06
It's a great thing several countries have been following what Spain has implemented on its models. A lot of teenagers nowadays become either Anorexic and Bulimic because of their mentality that to become attractive, they have to have this model-thin bodies which is not really how it should be. I hope that eventually, everybody will see that it is not how thin you are that makes you attractive but how curvaceous (physically, kind and smart you are that makes you one.
• United States
18 Dec 06
I think this is a great idea. models are so into being thin, they are dying from it. But the only reason they are doing this is because the fashion designers make the clothes so small. Models need to be healthy because what they do is not easy! It may look easy but its alot of work and without food, they have no energy to survive on