|Help Reduce the use of Anorexic Models - Think Tank Article presented by Apparel Search|
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In Spain, the government has done a wonderful,
humane, and kind thing
to their women. What the Spanish government did was now intervene in the
fashion industry and allow women to be a normal BMI,
and not anorexic,
in order to participate in fashion shows.
The decision was made as part of a voluntary agreement with the Madrid regional government, said Jesus del Pozo, a designer who is part of the association, said Thursday.
Last year's show, also called Madrid Fashion Week, drew protests from medical associations and women's advocacy groups because some of the models were positively bone-thin. This time the Madrid regional government decided to intervene and pressure organizers to hire fuller-figured women as role models for young girls obsessed with being thin and prone to starving themselves into sickness, said Concha Guerra, deputy finance minister of the regional administration. Fashion shows, Guerra said, "are mirrors for many young women."
Del Pozo said this was the first time skinny models have been snubbed at a major international fashion show. Ryan Brown, director of marketing and public relations in North America for the Elite modeling agency in New York City, agreed. "It is very unprecedented," said Brown, who has nothing to do with the Spanish show. He welcomed the decision saying "I think it is great to promote health."
which features mainly Spanish designers, is not as
prestigious as catwalks in Paris or Milan but "it is not at the bottom of
the pile," he said.
The body mass index is a tool for doctors who study
obesity. It is
calculated by dividing weight in pounds by height in inches squared, and
multiplying that total by 703.
The above Think Tank article was Posted on Apparel Search September 2006
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