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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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