France's Anti-Thin Model Ban Would Include Jail Time, Major Fines

April 6, 2015 6:54 PM

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France's Anti-Thin Model Ban Would Include Jail Time, Major Fines

Many cities and countries with large fashion industries, including Madrid, Israel and N.Y.C., have implemented or considered implementing a ban on underweight or underage models — which usually are halfheartedly enforced for a few months before moving on to the next outrage. But France is the first country to take their (just-approved) ban very seriously, including a number of measures to see that lawbreakers are punished.

According to a bill passed by the lower house of France’s parliament Friday, models would be required to present bills of health listing their Body Mass Index as greater than 18 before they could be hired for a job, and they would be required to maintain that weight for a few weeks afterwards. Casti...

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