U.K. Petition Urges Regulation Of Excessively Thin Fashion Models


U.K.-based model Rosalie Nelson recently launched a Change.org petition that’s getting a lot of buzz from the fashion industry.

Nelson, who’s currently represented by local agency IMM Models, has garnered over 56,000 signatures of others who think a law should be created to protect models from getting “dangerously skinny.”

“I’m a 23 year old model, a clothes size 8 to 10,” Nelson wrote on Change.org. “When I walked into one of the U.K.’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one — I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone [about 14 pounds], 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me ‘down to the bone.'”

Conservative MP Caroline Nokes began supporting Nelson and her cause after the model launched the online petition.  

“There is a carrot and a stick here. The carrot is that we want there to be healthier images of beauty that we can all aspire to as a population, and the stick is ‘get your house in order or we will look at ways in which legislation might be possible,'” Nokes told the International Business Times.

“This is an industry which has failed over many years to regulate itself, we have repeatedly seen underweight, painfully thin models on the catwalk, and what the APPG will look at if there is a way that this can be regulated,” she continued.

Back in April, France was the first country to officially pass a bill banning excessively thin fashion models. The French Parliament approved a measure that results in fines and jail sentences for modeling agents and fashion houses that hire underweight models.

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