[ 2006-09-15 10:13 ]
The world's first ban on
overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused
outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at
other catwalk pageants.
|In this file photo a model wears a Rosa Cha
creation as part of |
the Spring 2007 Fashion Week in New York
September 10, 2006.
The world's first ban on overly thin models
at a top-level
fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among
agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at
Madrid's fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests
that young girls and women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and
developing eating disorders.
Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health,
rather than a waif-like, or heroin chic look.
But Cathy Gould, of New York's Elite modeling agency, said the fashion
industry was being used as a scapegoat for illnesses like anorexia and bulimia.
"I think its outrageous, I understand they want to set this tone of
healthy beautiful women, but what about discrimination against the model
and what about the freedom of the designer," said Gould, Elite's North
America director, adding that the move could harm careers of naturally
Madrid's regional government, which sponsors the show and imposed
restrictions, said it did not blame designers and models for anorexia. It
said the fashion industry had a responsibility to portray healthy body
"Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the
catwalk," said regional official Concha Guerra.
The mayor of
Milan, Italy, Letizia Moratti told an Italian newspaper this week she
would seek a similar ban for her city's show unless it could find a
solution to "sick" looking models.