One small move towards sanity.
Next, they should ban breast implants that look like oranges on sticks.
Skinny models banned from catwalk
September 13, 2006
Madrid's fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.
Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health, rather than a waif-like, or heroin chic look.
"What about the freedom of the designer?" asked Cathy Gould, of New York's Elite modeling agency, adding that the move could harm careers of naturally "gazelle-like" models.
Madrid's regional government ... said the fashion industry had a responsibility to portray healthy body images. "Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk," said regional official Concha Guerra.
The mayor of Milan, Italy, Letizia Moratti, told an Italian newspaper this week she would seek a similar ban for her city's show unless it could find a solution to "sick" looking models.
The Madrid show is using the body mass index ... to measure models. It has turned away 30 percent of women who took part in the previous event.
"If they don't go along with it the next step is to seek legislation, just like with tobacco," said Carmen Gonzalez of Spain's Association in Defense of Attention for Anorexia and Bulimia, which has campaigned for restrictions since the 1990s.
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