On Tuesday in Paris, a French bill that would imprison for up to three years and fine for up to $70,000 anyone who "incited excessive thinness" was passed by the National Assembly; the bill now just needs approval from the French senate to become law.
Judging from the clavicle action on the runways this past Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council's Model Health Inquiry hasn't had a major effect on catwalks, but the council is pushing for change in editorial departments.
When celebrities tell magazines they became walking spaghetti strands by doing yoga and walking their dogs, they're lying. In fact, they're overexercising, starving themselves, smoking cigarettes, and taking drugs and prescription horse pills…
The skinny-model debate persists today thanks to designer Bradley Bayou. He stopped using size-0 and size-2 models after his daughter battled anorexia. She collapsed from the disease after years of struggling to fit into his sample sizes.
Attention celebrities: If you're going to get a nose job and you have a doll of yourself coming out, try to get the surgery before the doll gets mocked up. Don't make the mistake High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale did and get the old version of you designed.
Here's a good one from Paris: It's not as if the scant body mass indexes on runways are good things. But the absurdity marches on, and still some strong-headed young things refuse to accept the conventions of modeling's narrow vision.
Ever wonder why some actresses suddenly show up to award shows all thin and sickly? (Besides for the obvious reasons, we mean.) Well, it's kind of like when guys show up with facial hair, looking inappropriately scrubby and explain that it's for a movie role: Studios sometimes ask actresses lose weight when they don't need to. (Shocker.)
We've known for a long time that in order for the number of frighteningly thin models on runways and in magazines to diminish, someone would actually have to do something rather than just talk about it. It would have been awesome if that person were, say, Marc Jacobs, but we'll settle for Camille Parker Bowles's nephew Ben Elliot. He's just launched a modeling agency in the U.K. called Quintessentially Models which doesn't sign any "size 0" girls.
Anne Slowey is the fashion news and accessories editor at Elle. We base this on nothing more than looking at her pretty picture and reading what she's written, but she strikes us as one of those women who's a perfectly normal size but can't help but strive to be thinner, because she — like everyone else in the world, ourselves included — can't remember what a healthy woman looks like. Allow us to explain.