Major: France Is Likely Going to Ban Dangerously Thin Runway Models

Meghan Blalock

In what is likely to be a victory for body-positive advocates everywhere, France is positioned to pass a bill officially banning the employment of dangerously thin models in runway shows and advertising campaigns. France would follow in the footsteps of Italy, Spain, and Israel, all of which passed similar laws in 2013.

According to news site Reuters, some major health legislation will hit French Pariliament today, including two amendments that directly relate to models' weight. A violation of the laws would result in fines against the modeling agency or fashion house that hires them, as well as sending the agents to jail.

"It's important for fashion models to say that they need to eat well and take care of their health, especially for young women who look to the models as an aesthetic ideal," France's Health Minister Marisol Touraine said this week.

The passing of such a law in France is particularly a major deal, because of Paris's positioning as one of the major fashion capitals of the world. What do you think of the legislation banning dangerously thin runway models? Sound off below!

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