Protecting the Health of Fashion Models

October 17, 2014 3:05 PM

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"Beauty is health and health is beauty" -- so began designer Diane von Furstenberg in her August 27, 2014 letter to the fashion industry. Diane is President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and she sent this letter seven days before New York Fashion Week to remind all members to follow the industry's standards for working with models. As the Director of the Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, I had consulted to the CFDA on the creation of these guidelines, and I've been impressed with the fashion industry's hard work to uphold them.

Runway shows are about trends, style, and an idealized vision of beauty. A considerable majority of models who walk on runways or grace the pages of magazines appear to be naturally thin and healthy. Sometimes, however, appearances can be deceiving. Extreme thinness can weave itself into the runway ...

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