From Italian Vogue;
On Monday, the Israeli state approved a new law to protect women in the fashion world. It is an attempt to combat eating disorders by excluding underweight models from ad campaigns and banning newspapers and magazines from publishing photos of women that have been retouched to make the models seems slimmer.
The Israeli government, which is well-known for passing ground-breaking new laws, is the first to attempt to put a brake on the fashion industry, which has been accused of promoting a dangerous idea of beauty (particularly for young women) by using extremely thin models.
The aim of the law is to encourage ad campaigns to use models who are symbols of health rather than skinniness, to convey a realistic image of normal women without recourse to tools like Photoshop. For its promoters, this struggle is like the one against smoking. It’s the product of some disturbing statistical data: in Israel around 2% of girls between 14 and 18 suffer from eating disorders.
The law also stipulates that in any publicity shots which have used retouching to make the models looks skinnier must include a statement to this effect. The world of Israeli fashion has criticized the law, emphasizing that the legislative focus should be on the health, not the weight, of the model, and that the two are not necessarily linked.
Obviously too-thin is a hot topic for the QG writers and staffers and we really encourage your comments and feedback. What do you think? Are we at a point in our culture when too thin is just too much? Case in point; just 15 years ago Cindy Crawford was the hottest super model in the industry – today she would be considered fat and definitely a “plus size” model. Seriously? Seriously? Look at that body – gorgeous, healthy and all real-woman head to toe, not ashamed of her shape in the slightest now is she…?