Britain Bans Tiny Models

Girls under 16 chased off the catwalk as UK attempts to fight size-zero modeling
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2007 5:18 PM CDT
Undated handout photo released Sunday April 29 2007 by the British fashion chain Topshop of model Kate Moss wearing clothes from her own fashion collection. Topshop is braced for a rush of customers when...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The British fashion industry has nixed runway and photoshoot models under 16, in a response to controversies over uber-thin girls literally dying to model. Two South American models died from malnutrition and anorexia last year, piquing concerns about the influence of "size-zero" modeling on young girls. The industry did not, however, ban models under a certain weight or dress size.

The new rules form part of a broad report on the working conditions of models commissioned by the British Fashion Council. The Guardian reports some anti-eating-disorder campaigners have welcomed the move despite its failure to set a dress-size limit. "You can be very slender and very healthy," one activist said. (Read more eating disorder stories.)