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BFC says no to skinny model ban

The British Fashion Council will not ban dangerously skinny models after fears about ‘discrimination’, and is instead asking designers to use self regulation when putting models on the catwalk.

Chairman Stuart Rose and chief executive Hilary Riva are in talks with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, designers and editors on the issue. Riva is poised to write to British designers taking part in London Fashion Week, which kicks off on February 12, urging them to take the age and health of their models into account.

However, Riva told Drapers: “It is my personal preference that no designer would use an ultra-thin model. But the issue of discrimination comes into play when you tell people they are too thin to work.”

Riva was adamant that designers should only work with healthy models, but added that regulation is not something that the BFC wanted to resort to. “New York is getting committees together and maybe that is where we will end up. Government representatives are watching the situation to see whether they should get involved or not.”

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