Arts & Culture

Israel Did It First: Banning Skinny Minnies

If any of you have been as disgusted as me watching this Fashion Week's regime of toothpicks struggle to lift the weight of the very "in" platform stiletto (I recall some of Marc Jacobs' models were especially appalling… like his … Read More

By / September 15, 2006

If any of you have been as disgusted as me watching this Fashion Week's regime of toothpicks struggle to lift the weight of the very "in" platform stiletto (I recall some of Marc Jacobs' models were especially appalling… like his gross striped dresses), you'll find it refreshing that Madrid Fashion Week has banned underweight models. The ban came after protests that the skeletons we call supermodels were inspiring way too many young'ns to develop eating disorders.

But not so fast there, Spain. You're not the first country to show such concern for your eating disordered population. Israel beat you to it!

Adi Barkan, an Israeli photographer, "successfully submitted legislation to the Knesset in December, 2004" requiring modeling agencies to review models' BMIs to ensure they're not underweight. Read more in this old Guardian article.

How long has eating been out of style for? Since the stirrup pant? I say let's bring 'em back together.

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