Israel made a vow to ban skinny models from future runway shows. Their reason is to "promote healthy living" in the country. The Insquisitr reported on Jan. 2 that Israel will look for models with healthy body types.
The proposed ban took effect on Tuesday. Their plans include banning models with a body mass index (BMI) that's less than 18.5. The BMI index reports that a female with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches must weigh at least 119 pounds or more.
This ban doesn't just take effect on the runways. It also takes effect in fashion magazines and photo shoots. Models must not be digitally altered with a photo-editing program to appear skinnier.
It looks like curvier models will have an easier time finding a modeling job. Israel is not the only country to ban skinny models. According to the Wall Street Journal, most of Europe has already banned too thin models.
Israel released a statement about their strict decision:
"Companies will have to present a medical file of their employee, certifying she maintained a healthy body weight for three months prior to a given photo session or show. The legislation also restricts the digital tampering of photos to visually reduce the weight of the model, with companies required to explicitly label the pictures as modified. Some 90 percent of Israel’s population suffering from eating disorders is estimated to comprise young girls aged 12-20."
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