Friday, 13 July 2007

Is Britain banning runway models under 16?

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The British fashion industry is raising awareness of a controversial subject: Young girls in the modelling industry. An inquiry is going on that is calling into question how appropriate it is for girls under 16 to be walking the catwalk, posing as adults. The inquiry has also called for greater protection of models between the ages of 17 and 18. This is in response to startling evidence that the fashion industry has received regarding the prevalence of eating disorders in young models, as well as their vulnerability in an industry that sexualizes them as if they were adults.

I think it's about time. If they can't put a minimum limit on how much a model should weigh, they should at least keep young women who are susceptible to the pressures of the industry away from the limelight.

What are your thoughts?

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