France debating new law banning models that are “too skinny”

France is known for its glamorous people and high fashion standards, but the country is finally addressing the issue of weight among its fashion models.

The French Parliament is considering new legislation that will set minimum weight standards for models, in an effort to promote healthier body image in the fashion industry, according to the New York Times. Eating disorders, particularly anorexia, are an important problem in the industry and this new law would enforce healthier habits…but at a very large cost.

If the bill is passed, modeling agencies who try to press models to work who do not meet weight standards could be fined and might even face jail time, for as long as six months, according to The Guardian.

“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,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine said to BFM TV.

While these penalties might seem extreme, they would certainly encourage agencies and designers to stop focusing so much on the thin ideal that is so unhealthy and unrealistic for both models and women all over the world. Only time will tell if the legislation is passed.

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