Montreal bans underweight models
There's good news and bad news. The good news is that the forthcoming Montreal Fashion Week has banned underweight models.
The pertinent points are below. Note that the tone of the article is admirably positive about the ban. At least this one reporter understands that such a ban is necessary.
It all sounds good, but I am becoming really skeptical of these announcements. Has anything actually changed? The girls in fashion shows seem just as malnourished as ever. Perhaps the Madrid show has been most proactive in this, but everywhere else, the models still look skeletal.
Even the above report about the Montreal move notes that it lacks "objective criteria of what constitutes overly skinny". In other words, its just tokenism - good tokenism, but tokenism nonetheless.
These bans need standards to be effective. Any straight-size model smaller than a U.S. size 8 should not be allowed to walk the catwalk - and they should be measured to make sure. And just as straight-size models should be size 8 and up, so plussize models should be size 14 and up. Anything smaller can only cause eating disorders - in the models themselves, and more tragically, in young women in general.
Its like banning steroids and other toxic drugs in sports, and must be enforced just as stringently, by indepentent testers. Its a necessary rule, for the health and well-being of everyone.
Re: Montreal bans underweight models
Melanie's comparison, quoted above, is extremely apt, since protracted starvation is even more debilitating to the human body than is the use of steroids and similar substances.
And the pessimistic assessment of the fashion industry's action on these matters is, regrettably, all too accurate. That is why external pressure--regulation, as a matter of fact--is so urgently needed. So far, the industry has done very little to police itself, even in the face of actual death by members of its community (let alone the widespread harm that it causes to young women in general). This Montreal example is a tragically rare instance of positive action. Independent oversight is required--now.
And let us remember that besides banning underweight models, an equally urgent necessity is mandating the use of genuinely full-figured models, in magazines and in fashion shows, to finally provide young women with a healthier ideal of womanly beauty.
Our favourite Quebec-based model, the ravishing Justine Legault, size 14 (Ford Toronto/Scoop Montreal):
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