The move towards banishing size zero models from the fashion industry has stalled. The movement started in earnest in Spain and Britain. The British Fashion Council, after a rash of bad news regarding model health, began an initiative banning underage models and models that were severely underweight. While initially successful, it looks like the plan involving the underweight aspect has stalled a bit. Most other fashion week capitals refused to follow the plan for a variety of reasons and in the end, the British Fashion Council decided to drop the plan as well. Hilary Riva, chief executive of the British Fashion Council will announce as much in an open letter to the industry today.
Riva stated that the Health Certificate issue drew the ire of the models and some in the fashion industry because they felt as if the process discriminated against them. She also reiterated the point that for the zero size ban to work, other governing bodies in other fashion cities would have to cooperate. “This will only work if it’s an international solution,” Ms Riva said. “I would love for there to be a simpler solution. If we could just tick a box and move on it would make everyone’s life easier but now this really is a long-term behavioural and educational campaign.”
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, stated that although the problem is real getting a health certificate may be running foul of the US working practices Steven Kolb, executive director of the New York council said, “We looked at things like doctor’s certification and body mass index and decided that, for us, it wasn’t the appropriate recommendation. We felt it was wrong to force a girl to have a physical examination, especially because the signs of a problem aren’t always obvious.”
The plan may be resurrected in the near future but as of now, it looks as if it is a settled issue.