France outlaws frail models

A new law is going into effect in France that protects models from becoming too frail.

According to HuffPost, the law — passed in 2015 and enacted this year — not only bans “excessively thin fashion models,” it also requires models to get a “doctor’s certificate to prove they are healthy.”

BBC also reports that the newly-enacted law will specifically focus models’ Body Mass Index (BMI) in an effort to “fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.”

But models aren’t the only ones subject to new regulation; HuffPost says that any and all photos of models that are “digitally-altered” have to be labelled as a “retouched photograph,” a demarcation that is required on all altered photos starting Oct. 1.

What happens if modeling agencies don’t comply with the new health standards? HuffPost says they can face up to $82,000 in fines and six months of jail time.