A California Assemblymember, Marc Levine (D-Marin County), has proposed legislation that would apply to health standards regarding the modeling industry.
“The evidence of eating disorders in the modeling industry is alarming. AB 2539 will make sure that models are not enduring physical harm as a workplace prerequisite,” Levine said. “This is a societal problem as unhealthy models have become role models for young people. As California often leads the nation and the world, this bill will help assure that our children will see healthy images on magazines and fashion websites.”
The law would provide for periodic check-ups on nutrition and other related health issues.
“This bill not only marks a crucial, life-saving step forward to protect models but also will help to change the very image of fashion,” S. Bryn Austin, ScD, Professor at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital said via a press release. Fashion media is saturated with images that send distorted and unhealthy messages about ideals of weight, shape, and beauty for women. AB 2539 will help change that and ultimately help us send a much healthier message about what our society values in girls and young women.”
The chief benefits of the law would be aimed at helping the 40% of models who suffer from some sort of eating disorder, according to research Levine cites.
It comes as other countries around the world, including Italy, France, Spain, and the UK have passed or have considered bans on too-skinny models.