Models need to fatten up or else...

By Drum Digital
18 March 2015

The French powers that be are calling for a restrictions on the modelling world.

The French powers that be are calling for a restrictions on the modelling world.

Yesterday, French health minister Marisol Touraine addressed amendments to a health law which will consider it a breach to hire models whose BMI (Body Mass Index) falls under a certain range, Sowetan reports.

"I believe that models should eat well and look after their health. This is an important message to young women who see these models as an aesthetic example," said Touraine.

The amendment would also have modelling agencies providing medical certificates to prove that the models they have signed comply with the law or they would have to pay a fine of 75 000 euro (almost R982 000) or face six months imprisonment.

The National Union of Modelling Agencies revealed their unhappiness about the proposed amendments in a statement and think that the restrictions should be European-based rather than just French as there is "permanent competition with their European counterparts."

Spain, Italy, Belgium, Chile and Israel are amongst a few countries that have implemented BMI restrictions on modelling.

In the American modelling world, a size six (size eight in South Africa) individual is referred to as plus sized.

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