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France's New Law Banning Underweight Models Requires Them to Have a Doctor's Note

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It is now illegal for fashion models to be unhealthily thin in France.

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Last week, France’s National Assembly passed a law that requires models working in the country to provide a medical certificate stating their overall health and showing that their body mass index is appropriate, according to WWD.

Modeling agencies or fashion houses that do not follow the law face imprisonment and a hefty fine of 75,000 euros (approximately $81,000).

The new law also regulates the use of Photoshop in commercial photographs. If an image has been digitally altered to make a model look thinner or larger, it must be labeled “retouched photograph.”

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The Photoshop law is set to go into effect by January 2017. Any violation of that law will come with a fine of 37,500 euros (approximately $40,000).

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France has been seriously cracking down on the use of underweight models –- in April, the country passed a bill requiring models to have a body mass index greater than 18 to work. They also proposed the Photoshop ban at that time.

Israel, Madrid and N.Y.C. have all also implemented or considered implementing bans on underweight or underage models, and the U.K. advertising regulation agency recently fined Saint Laurent for featuring a too-skinny model in a magazine ad.

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Gabrielle Olya