Posted by: isaaph | September 12, 2006

Madrid bans too-thin models from catwalk

Excessively skinny fashion models will be barred from a major Madrid fashion show later this month for fear they could send the wrong message to young Spanish girls, local media reported.

Madrid’s regional government, which is co-financing the Pasarela Cibeles, has vetoed around a third of the models who took part in last year’s show because they weigh too little.

The authorities collaborated with a Spanish health organisation to come up with a minumum body mass — a height-weight ratio — of 18 for the models.

Spanish daily ABC said it was the first time such restrictions had been imposed on a fashion show, although a recent wedding dress exhibition in Barcelona banned fashion models who took a dress size below 38 (British size 10, US size eight).

Several models at last year’s show provoked a row when they claimed their careers would be under threat if they put on weight.

Organisers said they wanted to “help ensure public opinion does not associate fashion, and fashion shows in particular, with an increase in anorexia, a disease which, along with bulimia, is considered … as a mental and behavioural problem”.

The event will take place on September 18-22.

Source: Yahoo News 



  1. […] A follow-up to the previous post. The world’s first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other catwalk pageants. […]

  2. It was about time the fashion industry takes a real look of the degrading, awful look of these models. Clothes hanging on walking bones. I don’t know how can anyone in the right mind look at them.. When I open a fashion magazine it looks like people from a WWII concentration camp are modeling. It is a sin. It is a sin that people are starving to death when they can afford to eat, when millions of people are dying of starvation because they don’t have anything to eat. It was about time..

  3. Cathy Gould from New York’s Elite Modeling Agency is delusional if she truly believes its discrimination against thin women. A BMI of 18 is still a very thin woman and the borderline for a healthy person. Why on earth would anyone want to encourage unhealthy people from not taking better care of themselves. I say Cheers to Madrid for taking a stand on this issue – an 18 BMI is definitely not unreasonable.

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