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Fab Flash: UK Catwalk Ban Likely for Under-16 Models

A new inquiry commissioned by the British Fashion Council is proposing that girls under the age of 16 be banned from catwalks and photoshoots in the United Kingdom - meaning that models hoping to follow Kate Moss, Lily Cole, and Naomi Campbell, who all began modelling at 14 or 15, might have to wait a couple of years.

The Model Health Inquiry report that will be released on Wednesday is not recommending that "size zero" models be banned, but is asking for better health and nutritional advice for models, as well as improvements in ways models can complain about their working conditions. The British Fashion Council has indicated it will accept and implement the recommendations. I think this is definitely good news and I hope that they do actually go through with it!


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Brandycat Brandycat 10 years
I don't understand why designers use children to sell clothing to grown women. This idea is long overdue.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
About time! It seems models are getting younger and younger these days.
divalicious23 divalicious23 10 years
I don't want to see another kate moss for years. I think kate is way too skinny. They should ban that also.
mlen mlen 10 years
a good point was made above- there are regular working age restrictions for other jobs, so why not modeling. especially because of the type of industry. i agree that a size zero ban might not be good- some people are just naturally thin. but i agree that health should be taken into consideration. at least for the 16-18 year olds who might not be mature enough to think of the consequences and instead are just feeling the pressure of the industry to look a certain way.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
pøt pøt 10 years
This made me happy! I hope models start getting healthier. I know that some of the are naturally thin, but a lot of them just look sick. And a girl barely in her teens shouldn't be on a catwalk, in my opinion. Girls that age are so easily impressionable.
helenette helenette 10 years
kate moss looks so cute
Baby_Jatti Baby_Jatti 10 years
thats great.
piksie707 piksie707 10 years
I agree with HelloKittyMini.... a mandatory yearly physical would make more sense than banning girls for being thin....however, there is not going to be anyone willing to pay for that volume of physical examination. so that's a good idea, but not practical. i wonder if it really is a good idea to ban girls for being young?? on one hand, it seems good, on the other, a bit strange...argh.
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 10 years
Good for England. Age restrictions are not much different than regular age-work restrictions. Growing up I remember having to get a work permit when I was 16. There are certain jobs which are not appropriate for children, maybe runway work is one of those. I'm not sure I think baning size 0 models is a good idea. Some women (although I am not one) are naturally that thin. Maybe health restrictions or yearly physical would be a good way to monitor children involved in modeling. After all some other types of jobs require a physical exam.
fashionstar fashionstar 10 years
I hope they do too, it's weird that they dress these young girls up like grown women and it's awful when these girls have to feel all of that pressure to look perfect at such an early age.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
I ready hope there will be good results to this new direction. Sometimes I always think it's all talk.
QueenofSuburbia QueenofSuburbia 10 years
Childhood is for being a child. There's plenty of time to earn a living later in life. I've worked around the fashion industry most of my adult life, from runway shows to shoots. It isn't a suitable world for children (nor most adults for that matter!)
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 10 years
I used to model in high school thru college. Eventually i got a "real" job (that is, b/c I'm not supermodel material, and whad'ja think college was for?) I admit, when I was 14, 15 I was SHOCKED at the volume of alcohol present. Girls get stage frieght and to keep them loose, multiple parties will bring in liquor and powders. The staff is too busy to police, so there's a lot of stuff that goes on mom, dad and the fam would NOT be proud of... good times... off camera.
Celeb_Star Celeb_Star 10 years
...Ban size zero models if you want to though.
Celeb_Star Celeb_Star 10 years
I don't think it's the right decision, it's stupid - they shouldn't do it. What difference does it make if a model is 15 or 16 - NONE!
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
That's definitely the right decision.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 10 years
Good should have been done a long time ago - they should take it further!
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
Right decision.
incheto incheto 10 years
cute kate moss
mommie mommie 10 years
YES!!!! definitely a step in the right direction. Good for London.
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