Australia Tries to Ban Super Skinny Models
But will it make any difference?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 11:45 AM CDT
A model walks the runway at the J'aime/Maddie Spring 2006 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios on October 19, 2005 in Culver City, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – In an attempt to do away with the trend of super-skinny models, Australia will reward designers and magazines that showcase healthier-looking women. Other requirements for gaining the youth minister’s seal of approval include: No retouching of photos in any way that changes body shape, disclosure when photos have been retouched, and using a diverse range of body shapes and sizes.

“Body image is an issue that we must take seriously because it is affecting the health and happiness of substantial sections of our community,” the youth minister tells Australia's Telegraph. “However,” notes Amy Odell in New York, “this isn't a law, these are choices designers and fashion magazines may choose—or not choose—to make. So it's unclear how great an effect this kind of system will have on the industry.”