Am I too skinny to be a model? If your BMI is below 18 then in France yes you are legally not allowed to model!
In April 2015 French MPS approved a law that model agencies had to cast only models with a BMI of 18 or over. If the agency does not abide by this new law they could serve up to 6 months in jail. Models must have a certificate of health to model which vouches that they have a healthy BMI as governed by the health authorities to work. France are not the first to bring in this law, Israel, Spain & Italy have also brought in this bill. This bill is also in conjunction with a legislation to ban pro-anorexia websites that offer ‘thinspiration’. The legislation is attempting to stop the dangerously thin and curb anorexia. The bill is an effort to stamp out anorexia within the fashion industry. In 2007 French fashion model Isabelle Caro posed for an anti anorexia campaign but in November 2010 sadly lost her battle with the disease dying at 28 years old. This sent shock waves around the fashion houses and the campaign become a vocal point once again.
What is BMI?
This is a value derived from the mass (weight) & height of an individual. By finding out your BMI you are finding out the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, bone) you have and this will gage if you are, underweight, normal, overweight or obese. You can check your BMI online through NHS or BUBA websites.
Note: It has to be said that not all thin models are anorexic or have an eating disorder and should not be tarred with the same brush. I believe that keeping healthy happy models is a must and no one should be made to feel anything but happy in their own bodies. I do personally wish the Cindy Crawford’s and Claudia Schiffer type model would make a come back 🙂
Model at top of article, Pictured is a model for Guy Laroche during the Spring/Summer 2007 ready-to-wear season in Paris October 7, 2006.