A law in France banning the use of extremely thin fashion models has come into effect.
The new law means that models must now provide a doctor’s note when applying for jobs. The certificate must attest to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height.
The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and unreal expectations of beauty.
Images where a model’s appearance has been manipulated will need to be marked photographie retouchée (retouched photograph).
Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros and up to six months in jail.
France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models – Italy, Spain and Israel have all done so.