London, England (CNS) – Britain’s initiative to eradicate stick thin models has been scrapped after other fashion capitals refused to follow their lead.
The plan originally had a strong government support, but after discrimination and financial fears were raised, it has been shelved completely.
If it was implemented, models who want to work in the country would have to pay approximately $1,000 for health certificates proving they are healthy enough to walk on the runway. It was feared that it would prevent models from working in the country.
The London Fashion Week might also take a financial plunge if models, as well as designers, avoided the event because of health certificate requirement.
Also, there’s a lack of backing from the industry and from other fashion capitals such as New York, Milan, and Paris.
For British Fashion Council chief executive Hilary Riva, there are other measures that can be done to ensure the models’ health.
According to her open letter to the members of the industry, measures such as ensuring a healthy, alcohol and drug free backstage environment would lessen health risks of the models.
The move to ban size 0 models became an adamant concern following the death of anorexic models in 2006.
Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos died of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosa at the age of 22 in August 2006. She fainted on her way back to her dressing room during a fashion show. Six months later, her 18-year-old sister, model Eliana, also died of an apparent heart attack that is believed to be related to malnutrition.