The Guardian has an interesting but expected story today on the European model guidelines put forth in Milan and London. Though both fashion hubs sought to ban Size 0 girls, smoking, long hours, and underage models from the catwalks, initial reports say those guidelines "are not being implemented." The funny thing is, we didn't need a study or survey to tell us that - A quick survey of this year's catwalks revealed the spindled backs and undead eyes of many familiar faces, and a rush of Russian girls whose other lives lay in junior high. To combat the issues, the British Fashion Council is trying to get Milan, Paris, and New York to agree on the conditions of a "model health certificate" that would endorse those women fit to work. But regulating the tastes and tolerances of an international fashion community is both difficult and perhaps inappropriate - will companies really allow themselves to be told whom to cast? The BFC is also seeking to limit digitally enhanced graphics in magazines, which seems extremely unlikely and may do more harm than good: There will always be impossibly gorgeous and young people working in the fashion industry - if photo editing is banned from style spreads, those few girls will get all the jobs, limiting what's considered beautiful even more.
The Guardian has an interesting but expected story today on the European model guidelines put forth in Milan and London. Though both fashion hubs soug