France Outlaws Super-Skinny Models

It’s now officially illegal to hire super-skinny models in France. The French parliament just passed a new health law, including an amendment outlawing the employment of models deemed too thin in a bid to fight anorexia.

That means a model who is 5’7” would have to weigh at least 121 pounds to find legal work. The penalty for agencies employing such anorexic looking models is 6 months of prison and around $82,000 in fines.

France’s adoption of this ban is a big deal in the fashion world, given the preeminence of Paris Fashion Week – though it joins Italy (Milan Fashion Week), Spain and Israel where bans were passed in 2006 for Italy and Spain and 2012 in Israel.

ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London to discuss.

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