French Fashion Giants Ban Ultra-Thin Models

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Updated September 6, 2017
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 02, 2006 shows a model presenting a creation by French designer Gaspard Yurkievich during the Spring/Summer 2007 ready-to-wear collections in Paris./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

A host of French-owned fashion labels spanning Christian Dior to Saint Laurent pledged on Wednesday to ban ultra-thin models from their advertising and catwalk shows in response to criticism that the industry encourages anorexia.

Two of the industry’s biggest holding companies, LVMH and Kering, unveiled a charter “to ensure the well-being of models” which will also outlaw the hiring of girls under the age of 16 for adult shoots or events.