It looks like skinny models in France are on a one-way train to being banned. Seriously. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Yeah, it’s like whoa. If passed this would be the strongest legislation against skinny models ever in the whole world — but it’s vague. When Spain banned rail-thin models from the catwalk in 2006, they used BMI as an indicator. In this case, however, there doesn’t seem to be an official benchmark for the girls; a judge would decide if the medium “incited” thinness (as Websites, etc., are the main targets). Conservative lawmaker Valerie Boyer wrote the law:
Naturally the French fashion industry is having fits over this. “Never will we accept in our profession that a judge decides if a young girl is skinny or not skinny,” said Didier Grumbach, president of the French Federation of Couture. “That doesn’t exist in the world, and it will certainly not exist in France.” Well, he’ll at least have a few weeks to start adjusting to the idea.
French Lawmakers Target Promotion of Extreme Thinness [AP/WSJ]