Skinny Law: Fashion Industry May Regulate Weight of Models

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  1. John Armstrong says:

    One can imagine unhealthy skinniness and cosmetically enhanced body parts to meet this new criteria.

    Actually, this line made me think of a particularly disturbing possibility for circumvention: body modifications.

    I don’t know if the specific regulation is more detailed than “BMI above 18″, but for the moment let’s say that’s it. Now what is BMI? It’s an individual’s mass divided by the square of her height. If we take these terms with their normal meanings and measurements, then what’s to stop an unscrupulous model (or agent) from having heavy implants — say non-ferrous metal rods along the legs — in an attempt to artificially increase weight?

    If “cosmetic enhancement” opens the door to surgical procedures, then there are all sorts of surgical tricks one could imagine that might be brought in.

  2. Frank says:

    Yes, this is a positive development. Here is an interesting perspective from Laura Fraser:

    “Most of us don’t recognize that the social forces that keep pulling us towards thinness are every bit as constraining as the corsets that kept our great-great-grandmothers from actively participating in the world. Nor do we realize that the inner corset we wear is one of the strongest and most insidious remnants of oppression against women that we still have to put up with.”

    Fraser, Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It 282 (1997).