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Israel bans underweight models

Models now must have a body mass index of 18.5 to walk the runway in Israel.

By Kim Anne Jan 2, 2013 6:58PM
Photo: Vincent Besnault/Getty Images
Israel announced this week that a new law has passed, banning all underweight models from walking the runway. 

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Israel's new law will ban models with a body-mass index of less than 18.5 from appearing in advertisements. That law will also require magazines and other publications to disclose when they use altered images of the models. The new law means that a female model who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall can weigh no less than 119 pounds.
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Although other countries are addressing the issue of underweight models with laws like these, the United States may not be jumping on this bandwagon anytime soon, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who says there are no plans in the works for a U.S. law that bans models under a certain weight. “We never had an approach of mandate or enforce,” said Steven Kolb, chief executive of the CFDA. “We create awareness and education.”

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Photo: Vincent Besnault/Getty Images

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118Comments
Jan 2, 2013 10:37PM
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Why don't they ban violence against women?  Or oppression against women?  How about the discouragement of the education of women?  Segregation, abuse, murder... the priorities of this country are amazing.
Jan 2, 2013 10:36PM
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We cant pass a budget.  We cant stop overspending.  We cant stop murder by crazy people.  We can stop thin models.  America is saved by our selfless honest politicians.
Jan 2, 2013 10:33PM
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20 inch waist. yea right. It's the work of a very tight corset.
Jan 2, 2013 10:31PM
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Barry Soetoros college transcripts may show he was a foreign exchange student. Why won't he release them?
Jan 2, 2013 10:23PM
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I would prefer to have all obese people removed from my sight.  Quite certain they are more detrimental to society.
Jan 2, 2013 10:21PM
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What a joke.  The world is going crazy.  Now they can dictate what type of employee you can hire.  That will never happen in the U.S., as there are way too many good lawyers very well versed in discrimination law. 
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