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a license to model

Snej_fendiss07 >>  The Camera della Moda Nazionale, Italy's Chamber of Fashion, has proposed that models must acquire a license before being able to walk in Milan next season.  To receive a license, which guarantees that the model is healthy, the model must be at least 16 years of age, have a BMI of at least 18.5, and be assessed by the Chamber itself, the Association of Fashion Services ASSEM, and a group of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, and other scientific experts.   Interestingly enough, geographical and ethnic factors that affect body type will be taken into consideration. 
No word yet on how the Council of Fashion Designers of America plans to address the issue, but Didier Grumbach, who heads Paris' Chambre Syndicale, has said that he has no plans to "regulate something that functions."

Sidenote:  Has anyone else noticed how all the articles about this "models are too skinny" issue seem to have a picture of Snejana Onopka?  Hmm...

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