As reported via Vanity Fair
In an effort to curb anorexia, France’s parliament passed a law on Friday banning excessively skinny fashion models. The legislation also demands that advertisements in which models have been Photoshopped carry a message noting that the images have been manipulated.
Fashion houses and modeling agents who don’t abide by the law will face a penalty of over $80,000 and up to six months in jail. According to Reuters, the lawmaker who introduced the legislation has said that in order to work, models would have to present medical certificates showing that their Body Mass Index is at least 18 before being hired. Under such guidelines, a 5’10 model, for example, would have to weigh 125.5 pounds.
The lower house of parliament passed an additional measure prohibiting pro-anorexia Web sites. Violators face over $100,000 in fines and up to a year in prison.
France joins Italy, Spain, and Israel as the latest country to legislate against companies using dangerously thin models.