Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Skinny models wearing thin in fashion shocker�|�Oddly Enough�|�Reuters.com

Skinny models wearing thin in fashion shocker�|�Oddly Enough�|�Reuters.com:

"The Madrid show is using the body mass index or BMI -- based on weight and height -- to measure models. It has turned away 30 percent of women who took part in the previous event. Medics will be on hand at the September 18-22 show to check models.

'The restrictions could be quite a shock to the fashion world at the beginning, but I'm sure it's important as far as health is concerned,' said Leonor Perez Pita, director of Madrid's show, also known as the Pasarela Cibeles.

A spokeswoman for the Association of Fashion Designers of Spain, which represents those at Madrid fashion week, said the group supported restrictions and its concern was the quality of collections, not the size of models.

Eating disorder activists said many Spanish model agencies and designers oppose the ban and they had doubts whether the new rules would be followed.

'If they don't go along with it the next step is to seek legislation, just like with tobacco,' said Carmen Gonzalez of Spain's Association in Defense of Attention for Anorexia and Bulimia, which has campaigned for restrictions since the 1990s."

So if these women lose their jobs their health will improve? What if they're just skinny? Some people are just skinny, why should they be portrayed as anorexic?
I love the line "just like with tobacco". Watch for government to take more and more control over our bodies. Gee, I thought my body belonged to me, not the government. If you don't own your own body, what do you own?

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