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       Sunday, September 17, 2006

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Skinny Model Ban To Go International

It started when organizers of Spain's top annual fashion show, the Pasarela Cibeles, decided to place a limit on how thin the participating models could be based on their body mass index.

Now the trend appears to have moved across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy, after mayor Letizia Moratti indicated that a similar ban may be imposed for Milan’s fashion week, which starts September 23rd.

According to Reuters, Riccardo Gay, head of the Riccardo Gay modeling agency in Milan, made the following comment regarding the ban: “With those kind of rules, we'd have to turn away 80% of models. Naomi Campbell wouldn't be able to walk down the catwalk, she'd be too thin.”

Perhaps the 80% worth of models he is referring to are the same ones that cause 80% of women to be dissatisfied with their appearance, according to the National Eating Disorder Association’s statistics page.

Only 5 percent of the population can even achieve the ideal that is crammed down our throats every day. Whereas the average model is 5’11” and 117 pounds, the average American woman is 5’4” and 140 pounds, with similarly ridiculous differences between male models and the average man.

With that sort of warped fantasy of what a woman and men should look like and what is attractive in society, it is no wonder that there are 5 year olds out there who are afraid of getting fat and are at risk for developing depression or an eating disorder in the future.



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posted by Samantha Quinnsbury at 7:47 PM  

2 Comments:

-W. Anthony Foust- said...

Bravo! Bravo on the ban...and bravo on the article! It's about damn time REAL women get back into the spotlight! :)

-W. Anthony Foust-

10:53 PM  
graceedc said...

Bravo for this article Mr. Foust. I reallly was put off by your article about Anna Nicole's son death and cuts on Ms. Love but you have hit the mark here. Did you hear the comments about models needing to be hangers only and that the runway models are not suppose to have nice breasts or buttocks for that would only distract attention away from the clothing? Who are these designers making clothes for any way if the models do not have breasts or butts? Children? Rich Children that need to be sexy? Sounds like child prone promotion to me and off the runways of the most elite and richest people in the world.

8:35 AM  

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