On March 26th, Vanessa Friedman waded into the "skinny model debate" for the New York Times. She argues that Denmark's new Fashion Ethical Charter has a greater chance of success than France's pending legislation banning booking "too-thin" models. Importantly, the Danish Charter doesn’t try to define “health” with arbitrary numerical figures such as body mass index figures.
After the news that France is considering a skinny models law, Denmark on Thursday entered the arena, albeit with a somewhat different strategic approach to the problem: one that focuses more on peer pressure within the industry and less on legislative pressure.
Although in general I am enormously skeptical about any Big Brother approach to managing eating issues, which are about a whole host of complicated psychological issues that do not have a one-size-fits-all solution (I went to a boarding school where anorexia and bulimia were ever-present, and we barely looked at a fashion magazine), I think this one just might have a chance to work.
The Danish Fashion Ethical Charter is a four-page document written by the Danish Fashion Institute, Danish Fashion and Textile, the Danish textile organization WEAR, the country’s eight largest model agencies, the Danish Association Against Eating Disorders and Self-Harm, and Model Union Denmark.
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