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France Likely To Ban Models Deemed To Be Too Thin

17/03/2015 14:09 | Updated 20 May 2015

Vogue editors have already made a pact to promote healthy body image in their magazine, but the French government is taking this a step further.

Pair of female feet on a bathroom scale

Reuters reports the National Assembly is likely to pass a bill put in place to ban underweight models. This means agencies and fashion houses that hire models deemed to be too thin could be fined up to 75,000 Euros or in some cases, sent to jail for six months.

Before being hired for a job, models would have to provide proof from a doctor that they're Body Mass Index is at least 18, about 55 kg (121 lb) for a height of 1.75 metres (5.7 feet). Pro-anorexia websites and other public supporters of "extreme thinness" would also be disciplined.

If the bill is adopted in March, France would follow in the footsteps of Italy, Spain and Israel, which approved the same law in 2013.

In 2012, Vogue outlined a six-point pact aimed at promoting healthy body image and a better work environment for the models it uses in photoshoots.

"Fashion is an inspiring and creative force, and fashion models are also role models for many women," editor Alexander Shulman said on behalf of British Vogue. "Because of this, it is important that we do all we can to ensure that they are well cared for and educated in the ways that will encourage and help them take care of themselves."

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