Earlier this year I wrote an extended essay for school all about size zero models and their impact on other models and the wider world. When I was writing it I researched into lots of former models who were pushing for more representation on the runway and better health checks within the modelling community to prevent sick, mentally ill and incredibly young models from walking in the shows.
Finally, finally, some designers have taken notice and made amends to their modelling requirements. French groups LVMH and Kering, which own some of the largest designer names out there, such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, have been the first of their kind to implement rules to this extent with their models.
The new rules state that female models cannot be below a UK size 6, male models cannot be below a UK size XXS, all models must provide a doctors note stating they are healthy and fit to model, all models must be over 16 if being used for adult clothing and those between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone if travelling abroad. These rules should encourage a bigger representation of curvier women and plus sized models on the catwalk as well as older models too. Of course, it also ensures that all the people within the modelling community are safe and less likely to develop eating disorders as the need to be stick thin to be a model should slowly fade away.
It should be interesting to see a fashion week where not every show is completely made up of size zero models, like they have been for many years. I hope that this act by LVMH and Kering inspires other big fashion houses to do the same so eventually all catwalks will be more diverse and accepting of every size.
What do you think of this news? Tell me in the comments below!
(All of the research I did on this news came from here)
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