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France set to ban skinny models

Models being ‚ÄėParis thin‚Äô might soon see modelling agents end up in jail with¬†France looking set to join other European countries in banning super thin models from working.

The French Government is likely to back a bill that will stop too thin fashion models from walking the catwalk and doing campaign work, as well as potentially fining modelling agents and fashion houses that book them and even sending their agents to jail.

If the bill goes through France will join Italy, Sprain and Israel who already have laws against using excessively thin models. Australia does not yet have similar laws, and each year has a ‚Äėskinny model‚Äô backlash at Australian Fashion Week with many commenters shocked at the thinness of the models.

The legislation will be debated in French parliament on March 17 and will be enforced via regular monitoring of the weights of models, with models booked having to produce a certificate that they have a body mass index of at least 18.

The fashion industry ‚Äď notoriously pro-thin ‚Äď has made some attempts to rectify the anorexia and body image problems that remain its legacy.

Some fashion magazines have pledged to no longer use models that were too young or too thin. This is notoriously difficult to police.

However it seems that the public are pushing back on the promotion of unhealthy thinness. Earlier this year a Danish fashion magazine publisher was forced to apologise for using an emaciated model on its cover.

The backlash to the image included the Danish Tax Minister Englebrecht who tweeted an image of the photo with the caption, “I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously.‚ÄĚ

In 2010 the practices of the fashion industry were spotlighted when French model Isabelle Caro died due to complications from anorexia nervosa. Caro famously starred in an Italian advertising campaign that showed the devastating effects of eating disorders.

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Elton John calls for boycott of Dolce & Gabbana following ‘synthetic’ baby comments

Iconic entertainer Elton John has called for a boycott of luxury Italian label Dolce & Gabbana after Sicily born Domenico Dolce made some controversial comments about ‚Äútraditional families,‚ÄĚ same sex parenting and IVF in Italian magazine Panorama‚Äôs website.

“You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be like this, that’s why I am not convinced by chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent,‚ÄĚ said Dolce, who is gay and was once in a relationship with his now business partner Stefano Gabbana.

“I’m gay, I can not have a child,” Dolce told¬†Panorama.¬†“Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family.”

John, who has two children РZachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, 4, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, 1 Рborn via a surrogate with his husband David Furnish, took to Instagram to slam the comments, writing,

“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF … Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Other celebrities such as Sharon Stone and the creator of the television show Glee, Ryan Murphy, have thrown their support behind John.

The label have since released a statement about the comments,

“We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgement on other people’s choices. We believe in freedom and love,” Gabbana said.

Dolce & Gabbana’s received much praise for their motherhood themed show at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year. Models walked the catwalk with babies hoisted on their hips and Italian model Bianca Balti walked the catwalk while heavily pregnant.

How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic". And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana

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