Size zero model Eliana Ramos, who died in February
12th July 2007
On Wednesday, I sat through the press conference given by the panel conducting the Model Health Inquiry, set up in March by the British Fashion Council to look into the endemic problem of underage, underfed models.
I read the weighty tome outlining the panel's interim findings, before its final recommendations are published in September. I talked at length with panel members about their ideas, their frustrations and goals.
So am I now feeling euphoric or even mildly optimistic about the future of the British Fashion industry? Am I indulging in a spot of self-congratulatory patting myself on the back, secure in the knowledge that a campaign I kick-started as editor of Marie Claire seven years ago is finally going to make a difference, not just to the lives of models, but to the lives of ordinary women who don't feel good about themselves?
The answer is no. I feel a strange sense of deja vu, in fact. Just as in June 2000, when this process first started, a lot of promises have been made, miles of column inches filled, but nothing has changed.
Seven years ago, the fashion industry closed ranks, the people in it thought themselves above regulation, the glossy editors were scared of