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Skinny Stays

Underweight Models Still Hot in UK

— July 28, 2007 — Lifestyle
After months of stress on promoting healthier models, the UK doesn't seem to want to participate in the trend. Just when we thought the industry may have shifted to promote positive body image, a USA today article points out that thin is still in.

London is one of the world's fashion capitals, and with refusal to adjust to healthier BMI standards, could still be a huge factor in shaping style trends this year.

The UK is still breeding grounds for some of today's hottest fashion icons, including several skeletal celebs like Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller. People spend more time idolizing these girls than being concerned about the deaths of models who died of anorexia-related health issues lately including Brazilian Ana Carolina Reston and Eliana and Luisel Ramos, Uruguayan sisters who both died of heart failure this year.

“The Model Health Inquiry – a panel of British fashion industry workers and an eating disorder specialist – made no recommendation on ultra-thin models in an interim report released Wednesday.”

They did decide not to allow models under 16 years old on the catwalks though. So child-like bodies are desirable, as long as they're not on children? Their reasoning was that younger models are “particularly vulnerable to eating disorders and sexual exploitation.”

The news that the major fashion influencers were considering banning ultra models as well was a huge relief to many who saw the fashion industry as damaging to a woman's self image. “Fashion bosses in Paris and New York have also declined to ban ultra-skinny models from their catwalks,” the article said.

Some trends aren't so easily changed. But some trends are gradual; other designers, like Raffaella Curiel, hope to make a positive impact on removing the skinny scare. Curiel banned 15 models from her catwalk in fear that the show might encourage anorexia.