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MADRID SHOW BANS STICK-THIN MODELS

MADRID SHOW BANS STICK-THIN MODELS

By Andrew Hay, Reuters

Scale 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 venues.

Madrid’s fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.

Organisers 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 such as anorexia and bulimia.

"I think it’s 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 ‘gazelle-like’ models.

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