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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Banning based on BMI

BBC news reports that organisers of the Madrid fashion week are planning a ban of underweight models from their 2006 event.

A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25, and models falling below 18 are being banned, to give a better example for young women of healthy women's bodies.

Wow, that's a bit radical. Banning anyone based on their health seems to me to be a bad idea.
But it is to be commended - at least they're trying to do something to promte positive healthy body image.


Melanie said...

It's about time! They've paraded walking skeletons with fake tits around too long. Hopefully, New York, Paris and Milan follow Madrid's lead.

Sarah Louise Parry said...

It is about time. These walking insect-thin clothes horses need help, not to be cheered, leered over and commended for achieving such physical rib-exposing levels.

witchy-woo said...

I just think 'designers' should be designing stuff that realistically sized women might wear.

I mean, it's a bit of a fraud, isn't it...that the stuff you spend six months of the year 'designing' is cribbed, reworked, made commercial and out on the streets within 48 hours? Why not cater to the real world in the first place?

What's the point of all that?
And all these posh frocks that are so commented about on red carpets along the way... most of them are hideous anyway but, blimey, John Lewis does a good line in posh frocks.

It's all more of the same old same old nonsense.

birdychirp said...

I hadn't thought of the health angle...

But I do think that this is on balance a good thing. This aspiration of being skinny and plastic is dangerous really.