France bans extremely thin models

May 7, 2017

A law in France banning the use of extremely thin fashion models has come into effect.

The new law means that models must now provide a doctor’s note when applying for jobs. The certificate must attest to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height.

The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and unreal expectations of beauty.

Images where a model’s appearance has been manipulated will need to be marked photographie retouchée (retouched photograph).

Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros and up to six months in jail.

France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models – Italy, Spain and Israel have all done so.

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that is soooooo good


I think they should use all sizes. they shouldn't ban thin models altogether


I think we should to the same here! It promotes more normal-looking models, and people can change gender norms! That way, no-one's eating less for 'beauty'!


Just gain weight... How easy is that?


I think this is a good idea because it makes the models and the fashion more relatable to the audience.


Good on them!


WOW it's a law!?!

teagan and bailey

this can't be true I love dress


This is amazing news thanks for putting it on here


what on earth this can't be true!


That's a really good idea.
This prevents the idea of young girls thinking that to be a model that have to be 'thin'.