France Passed a Law to Promote Health Among Models

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The issue of regulation within the modeling industry has been an ongoing discussion, with talks surrounding the topics of underage employment, the trend of super thin models on the runway and everything in between. In 2007, the fashion industry issued health guidelines for models and now France has taken its accountability to models one step further by passing a bill that requires a doctor's note from models who wish to work, Harper's Bazaar reports.

The law passed on Thursday calls for models to provide medical proof that they are healthy and fit prior to booking jobs. Specifically, they must present a doctor's certificate that confirms "the state of health of the model, assessed with regard to her body mass index (BMI), is compatible with the exercise of her profession," The Guardian reports.

Furthermore, the new bill aims to help decrease the number of ridiculously Photoshopped magazine images by holding publications responsible for identifying images that are altered from their original state. Anyone who fails to adhere to the newly established guidelines will have a stiff penalty to pay — up to a six-month prison sentence plus a fine of 75,000 Euros.

In an industry that remains largely unchecked, it's a relief to see lawmakers take notice of the lack of concern that exist towards the well-being of models. The fashion industry promotes such an intense focus on external beauty, but it would be nice if other countries followed France's example to shine the spotlight on models presenting the best version of themselves both on and off the runway.
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