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Tuesday 24 October 2017

I'm all for France's skinny model rule, reveals Louise

Model Louise O'Reilly.
Model Louise O'Reilly.

Model Louise O'Reilly is hopeful that proposed laws in France banning super skinny models is a sign that the fashion world is serious about tackling body image concerns.

Lawmakers in France are set to debate new rules that would see the introduction of weight and fitness checks for fashion models. The new rules will stop model agencies hiring women and girls who fall under a certain BMI (Body Mass Index).

It's hoped that the changes will prevent the promotion of an unhealthy body image and avoid glamorising eating disorders.

Those who ignore the laws could face six months in prison or a fine of up to €75,000.

Louise, Ireland's premier plus-size model, said that it is unfortunate that things have come to this but that it is important changes are made in the industry.

"To have a fashion capital like Paris and a government put this in place - I really hope it inspires and encourages others to follow suit," she told the Herald.

"I think something like this will help models eat better and have a better understanding of health and the importance of looking after yourself.

"People don't realise how many hours go into what we do - you need to be healthy and fit to keep up your energy levels.

"The other side to the fashion industry however is that there are girls who are naturally skinny and it is unfortunate for them," Louise added.

However, model agent Vicki Mooney, who owns Ireland only plus-size modelling agency V+ Models, is sceptical about whether France is taking the correct route.

"There is already so much pressure on models," she explained. "Some girls are naturally very thin and you can't just decide to ban them. That could have a detrimental effect on their mental health."

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