I am very surprised a country like Israel passed a law on march 19th that bans the use of underweight models in local ads and publications. It marks the first attempt by any government to tackle the fashion industry’s connection to the growing rate of eating disorders, the AP is reporting. According to the bill passed Monday, models attending castings must now bring medical documentation from the past three months proving they have a BMI of at least 18.5—below which the World Health Organization deems you officially malnourished. So, for example, a woman who is 5-foot-8 should weigh no less than 119 pounds. As a point of reference, Kate Moss has a BMI of around 17 whereas Naomi Campbell’s is a totally shocking 16.5.* Well, looks like those two can officially say goodbye to an Israeli ad campaign.
“We want to break the illusion that the model we see is real,” said Liad Gil-Har, assistant to politician Dr. Rachel Adato, a supporter of the new law. Totally agree, want to see healthy models in different sizes!
* because of a few followers, I have checked this BMI… thanx!