Yes my friends, it looks like the fashion centre of the world is very close to getting rid of the bony bitches. The Wall Street Journal reports: "The French parliament's lower house adopted a groundbreaking bill Tuesday that would make it illegal for anyone -- including fashion magazines, advertisers and Web sites -- to publicly incite extreme thinness.
The National Assembly approved the bill in a series of votes Tuesday, after the legislation won unanimous support from the ruling conservative UMP party. It goes to the Senate in the coming weeks."I wonder what kind of standards and tests models will be placed under for them to be deemed "not skinny." The bill is a bit vague on that issue. I can't picture how this is going to work...will the models have to weigh more than 100 pounds? Will size four become the new two? This is crazy talk!
And, get this: "It would give judges the power to imprison and fine offenders up to $47,000 if found guilty of "inciting others to deprive themselves of food" to an "excessive" degree."
Naturally, the fashion industry is in an uproar. I can't picture Karl Lagerfeld giving in to this law.
Didier Grumbach, president of the influential French Federation of Couture, said: "Never will we accept in our profession that a judge decides if a young girl is skinny or not skinny. That doesn't exist in the world, and it will certainly not exist in France."
The problem is that Paris Fashion Week makes a lot of money and the law overlooks the age and weight of models because super-thin, young girls are in high-demand. I have a feeling that this law isn't going to do much. Real change has to come from the designers and magazine editors.