Blog: Leonie BarrieSize really matters

Leonie Barrie | 14 September 2006

The sight of wafer-thin models on Spanish catwalks will soon be a thing of the past if campaigners get their way. Organisers of Madrid’s fashion week are currently rejecting models who they believe are too skinny, in a move that follows a similar campaign earlier this year to get Spanish retailers like Zara, El Corte Inglés and Mango to withdraw smaller-sized clothes from shop window displays.

Madrid’s move is thought to be a first in the fashion industry. But while this fashion week doesn’t have such a high profile image as New York, London, Paris and Milan, the world’s fashion capitals will no doubt be watching as the campaign unfolds. In Spain, models with a BMI rating of around 18 – a healthy level is between 18.5 and about 25 – are being disqualified, a decision that would probably mean Esther Canadas and Kate Moss are deemed too thin. Instead, doctors will be on hand to offer medical treatment to excessively thin models. Now that is deeply unfashionable.

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