>> The newest proposed solution for monitoring models' health comes today, out of France. The French parliament's lower house just approved a bill that, if passed by the Senate in coming weeks, could effectively make it illegal for anyone to "incite extreme thinness."
The law would allow a judge to imprison and fine any offending fashion magazines, advertisers, and web sites up to $47,000. Didier Grumbach, president of the French Federation of Couture, expressed strong disapproval:
Never will we accept in our profession that a judge decides if a young girl is skinny or not skinny. That doesn't exist in the world, and it will certainly not exist in France.
I know next to nothing about how the French legal system works, and I appreciate what the bill is trying to accomplish, but I'm a little hazy on how you can legally prove whether someone "excessively" "incited others to deprive themselves of food." Just saying.