Esther090906r_228x458_3 Well, who would've thunk it? Just as even Asda starts stocking a UK size 4, and everyone in the world seems to be shrinking, Spain ups and bans skinny models from their catwalks. Word.

Under the new rules, which are backed by the Spanish government, Spain's own Esther Canadas will be sent packing if she shows face at Madrid Fashion Week. With a rumoured body mass index of just 14, Esther is deemed too skinny to be seen, and only those models with a BMI of 18 or over will be allowed to strut their stuff. 

For those of you thinking a BMI of 18 isn't exactly lardy, though, well, you're right: most health organisations reckon somewhere between 20 and 25 is the healthiest weight to be, with those under 18.5 classed as officially underweight. And it seems unlikely that Spain will be leading the way on this one: organisers of London Fashion Week have already said that they're not considering bringing in a similar rule, so we probably won't be seeing Esther and co in Burger King just yet...