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Posted: January 3rd, 2013
New law bans super-skinny models

The law goes into effect in Israel today. In a nutshell, it bans too-skinny models. Approved last March by the legislature, it requires models to prove that they have maintained a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 18.5 for at least three months before a photo shoot or fashion show, according to New York Magazine.

It kind of sounds like wrestling, doesn’t it? Don’t wrestlers have to make their weight before a match?

While some view it as an essential step to discourage eating disorders among the younger population, critics weigh in that law is misguided because it continue to use weight not health as a measure.

There already is a ban on women whose BMI is under 18 at the Madrid Fashion Show and Milan’s Fashion Week bans models with weights under 18.5.

What’s that mean in terms of real height and weight? Well, for example, a model who is 5′ 8″ could weigh no less than 119 lbs.

Phew, right?

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