Models to provide medical certificates to prove fitness to work

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  • Medical certificates required by models to prove fitness for catwalk

    Models should be required to provide medical certificates from doctors who specialise in eating disorders to prove they are fit to work, a report has concluded.

    The paper, issued by the British Fashion Council, also suggests models should be banned from smoking and subject to random drugs tests, as well as banning under 16’s altogether.

    On top of this, the report also recommends Criminal Record Bureau checks on photographers, agents and designers working with models, and that nutiritious, healthy food should be available to them backstage.

    But the inquiry, led by Baroness Kingsmill in response to the death of two South American models attempting to be size zero last year, stopped short of introducing a minimum size or body mass index, as seen in Milan and Madrid.

    Designer Paul Costelloe told Sky News that he agreed models should be looked after, but didn’t think it was fair to impose weight limits.

    ‘I don’t think it’s right that the fashion industry should be dictated to by a booklet telling us that if a model is 5’10” she has to weigh nine stone, 10 stone, or whatever,’ he said.

    ‘People are different: it’s down to their bones, to their shape, to their genes.

    ‘You know straight away, and I’ve been around this business long enough to know when a girl is a bit unhappy in herself, then that will show as soon as she puts on a garment and walks in front of you one should be able to tell.

    ‘I would not use and generally my clothes would not fit a size eight anyway, and a person who is size eight and 5’10” that’s nearly too thin. You need a good 10 or 11.’

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