France Wants To Ban Extremely Thin Models

April 5th, 2015 | by

The French National Assembly has proposed an amendment that could influence the modeling industry and fashion business in the country. This amendment would require fashion and modeling companies to only hire models that meet certain body mass index, or BMI, standards.

Models must have a certain BMI or higher to be eligible to work for someone in France. The exact BMI standard has not been announced yet.

The bill was designed as a means of combating eating disorders that many models suffer from. It is similar to laws that have been passed in Italy and Spain.

If someone hires an extremely thin model then that person could be sent to prison for up to six months and be fined up to €75,000 (about $82,000 US).

Source: Wall Street Journal