Saturday, September 16, 2006

Skinny models going out of style

The world's first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other venues.

The Madrid show is using the body mass index or BMI -- based on weight and height -- to measure models. It has turned away 30 percent of women who took part in the previous event.

This is a very interesting development. The whole of America and most the developed countries are getting fat on fast foods, so perhaps it's time to look beyond the ultra-thin models.

A whole generation of young girls have grown up looking to poster images of skinny models, and it seems unfair to impose BMI as the yardstick to permit the catwalk.

Anorexia and other health problems related to underweight is what the organisers of these catwalk contests should really worry about.

If this trend of thinking could be extended further, the chubby and the beautiful can take the centre stage of beauty. And everyone can have a good feasting time.

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