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Israel is first in the world to ban underweight models

One big step in the fight against eating disorders

For years, images of unrealistically thin models everywhere have made it nearly impossible for any female to feel good about her body.

So in an attempt to discourage this unhealthy idealization, Israel pioneered a law against using ultra-skinny models. While other countries have guidelines against undernourished models strutting the runway, Israel is the first nation to make it illegal. The law even prohibits altering images of models through computer-generated changes, like retouching.

Inspired by the 2007 death of a friend and model, Israeli fashion photographer Adi Barkan advocated a law to help normalize fashion models’ body weight.

From now on, only healthy-looking models with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 18.5 – like Bar Refaeli, one of Israel’s most gorgeous representatives – will be able to work there.


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