Regulating Fashion Models

TitleRegulating Fashion Models
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Ross, J, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published01/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsArts , BIOETHICS , Public Policy
AbstractIn 2006, under pressure from local Spanish governments, the organizers of Madrid Fashion Week banned models with a body mass index (BMI) under 18. The following year, the Italian fashion designers Prada, Versace, and Armani voluntarily banned very thin models from their catwalks. The World Health Organization considers anyone with a BMI between 18.5 and 25.9 to be within the normal range. Critics of the fashion industry have applauded these efforts, seeing them as a way to counter the ultra thin body image that the industry has historically promoted which many see as having an unhealthy effect on young girls.
Notes© Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2013 Case from the February 28, 2013 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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