French fashion industry gets tough on skinny models
France is cracking down on the size zero debate with key members of its fashion industry signing a government-supported charter on Wednesday, aimed at promoting body diversity.
Industry figures from the French Fashion Federation (FFF), the National Union of Modelling Agencies and the French Advertising Standards Authority, all banded together to sign off on the document that will hopefully go some way in preventing severely underweight models from taking to the catwalks.
Similar to that of our own Model Health Inquiry guidelines, France's new charter is said to educate the public about body image, rather than impose regulations.
"We will attack anything that encourages excessive weight loss, but the idea is not to create more rules," said Didier Grumbach, president of the FFF. "Generally speaking [the charter] is a decision to be extremely careful and fight [negative body image] in any way we can, but no more legislation," he said.
France has been under a spotlight concerning eating disorders since the anorexia-related deaths of several South American models in 2006, including Brazilian Ana Carolina Reston.
Although guidelines have been in place in France since the 1980s to regulate French modelling agencies, especially models under 16, it is hoped that this new charter will further push the need to promote healthy bodies and eating.