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by round_head (round_head)
at October 3rd, 2006 (06:26 pm)

Well, since I'm highly opinionated, I'm going to talk about the weight restrictions in the Madrid fashion show. The government in Spain, citing young girls who look up to these models as a reason, refused to let any model who had a BMI reading of less than 18 model in the show. Deigners have gotten really pissed, citing that it's silly and that they are exercising creative freedom. I ask you, if they're so creatively free, why do they all use models with the same body type, and have been doing so for the past 40 years? Many even claim to be naturally or genetically thin. This may be true in a few scenarios, especially since agencies like to recruit girls who have been starved in childhood, thus making them super skinny for the rest of their life, hence the rise in models from Africa, Russia, and the eastern block.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/09/13/spain.models/index.html

and there has been a backlash in the London fashion shows:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/09/19/london.fashion.ap/index.html