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Feb112007

*** AnyBody Takes Action At London Fashion Week!

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Reader Comments (7)

Looks great! Good to see so many people made it down.
February 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRoland
Well done everyone who went down yesterday - it was fantastic! Getting the attentions of BBC World, BBC Brazil, Sky News, and The Sun, amongst other media publications - and there are photos in The Metro and The Guardian today. Susie Orbach and Elise were even escored from the protest to inside fashion week to speak with Hilary Riva and the other chief executives of fashion week about what AnyBody wants to see on the catwalk!!! Talk about People Power - it's about time those industries listened to us women and men!
February 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise
AnyBody mentioned in The Mirror:

PROTESTERS ZERO IN ON SIZE 0 MODELS
By Stewart Maclean and Jake Morris 12/02/2007

PROTESTS against Size Zero models hit the start of London Fashion Week yesterday.

Waving placards, demonstrators blasted the British Fashion Council's decision not to ban super-skinny girls from the catwalk.

The move came as five models were judged too thin for Spain's top fashion event in Madrid.

In London, protesters gathered outside the Natural History Museum as Paul Costelloe's new collection kicked off the week-long fashion event.

Designers have been asked to use only "healthy" models in their shows who are aged at least 16.

The use of girls wearing American size zero clothes - the equivalent of a British size four - has sparked huge controversy.

In Spain, five of 69 women vetted for the Cibeles fashion show in Madrid were declared too thin to take part.

Their body mass index was analysed by doctors and if it was too low, they were banned from catwalk. Dr Susana Monereo said: "The idea of weighing models who are on show here and making sure they look healthy is so that they do not have a negative influence by prompting young people to become obsessed by being thin."

Yesterday British Fashion Council boss Hilary Riva defended the decision not to ban ultra-slim models.

Speaking after the Paul Costelloe show, she said: "What I think we saw today were great models.

"Very tall, and there wasn't one of them which I thought looked very young or excessively thin.

"I think it is unrealistic to expect changing behaviours and attitudes after a short space of time in something like this. We have to raise awareness and debate about the subject."

And banning size zero models could lead them to take legal action, it was warned yesterday.

Melissa Richardson of the Take Two agency, said: "You can't say to models, 'You can't work because you are black or because you are blind', so why should you be able to say, 'You are too thin for work'?"

Her opinion was backed by Vogue magazine editor Alexandra Shulman.

She said: "We would not be allowed to discriminate in that way. It would be like saying you can't have black or white models."

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said all women should face medical checks before they are allowed on the catwalk.

Milan, Madrid and New York have banned models with a body mass index of less than 18.5 per cent. A healthy BMI is regarded as between 18.5 and 25 per cent.

But designer Katharine Hamnett said the size zero debate was a "frivolous" distraction from more important issues about the ethical and environmental impact of the fashion industry.
February 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterelise
Oh no, I can't believe I missed this! All the activism in the world happened whilst I was on holiday!
February 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCat
"And banning size zero models could lead them to take legal action, it was warned yesterday.

Melissa Richardson of the Take Two agency, said: "You can't say to models, 'You can't work because you are black or because you are blind', so why should you be able to say, 'You are too thin for work'?""

...wait, wait, wait. What about saying to them, 'You're too short to be a model.' Or 'You're too fat to be a model.'

Because that happens. And I don't think the short women or the fat women have sued. Though in light of this, maybe they should
February 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Way to go! I saw local "models" at the boxing matches here and I heard two men say referring to the model in the ring, "Meghan needs to eat!" Are we skinny for the men, or other women? This world needs compassion and guidelins on how to dress our bodies as they are with class and respect. Class never goes out of style. Thanks for everything.
March 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
instructively povestvuesh , hasten to continuing.
September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeequeSmecy

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