A ban on overly-skinny models at the Madrid fashion show is causing a stir in world of fashion. Organisers say they want to promote an image of beauty and health and discourage young women from developing eating disorders. The show’s director, Leonor Pérez Pita, said the message is ‘too thin and you’re not in’. “We’ve learnt little by little that models, who as their name suggests, are actually role models, cannot become walking skeletons,” he said.
Madrid is using the body mass index based on weight and height to measure models. Some 30 percent of last year’s participants have been turned away. But some model agencies and designers are not happy.
“I’m not showing in Spain. They can knock themselves out and do what they want. I think that it is a very personal thing. I’ve been the weight that I have been since I’d been in high school and I’m in the ripe old age of 51 now. So to categorically say that your body density weight is just shy under what we think is acceptable, is just arbitrary,” said designer Ben De Lisi.
Other top fashion week venues like London and Milan have indicated they might follow Madrid’s example and set an altogether different kind of trend.