Mayor shuns size zero ban

By chloeg Last edited 113 months ago
Mayor shuns size zero ban

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Yesterday heralded a City Hall address from London Assembly Member Dee Docey to mayor Boris Johnson, to ask him to stop funding to the British Fashion Council (BFC) unless they banned dangerously skinny models from London's catwalks. Sadly we've now heard that the mayor has refused, preventing London from taking the progressive stance that other fashion capitals have taken. He argued, along with the BFC, that health certificates would be too much of an imposition on the models, meaning that size zero models will continue to work and be emulated in a highly-pressured industry. Sounds like you should extend the right to scoff canapes to the rest of the population, Mr Johnson.

Last Updated 10 September 2008

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Don't forget some people are naturally very skinny - so they too would be discriminated against.

Take Miss Universe from Venezuela - who is very thin and has said she never diets. She has a high metabolism that she inherited from her mother.

Remember Diana Ross during her youth

chloeg

You're right, body mass index (i.e. less than 18 is size zero) isn't the end of the story - some bulimics have a healthy BMI, and some people are naturally very skinny but do not have eating disorders. However a proper medical check would verify whether this is the case, by taking into account the whole set of complex psychological factors that signify the existence of an eating disorder.

If you google-image 'Luisel Ramos', the Uruguayan model who tragically died of a heart attack after starving herself, you can see a picture of her still working on catwalks when she was skeletally thin - a criminal situation, really. A ban could go some way to protect individuals who are working in a highly pressured industry - and we are talking about individuals who feel they have to starve themselves to keep their jobs. Both thin women and curvy women look good in certain clothes. The fashion world needs to change the way it is operating to widen its concept of what is considered beautiful and desirable from its current (ridiculously) narrow form.

Thank you for commenting, it is a complex issue.