In the fall of 2006, American designers were trying to do something about thedangerously thin models that are setting standards of global fashion. At a meeting of theCouncil of Fashion Designers of America there were guidelines announced, but theparticipan
ts weren’t happy with what was said.
They had plans to help the models getmore sleep and have a healthy diet, but most of the participants were hoping there wouldbe better plans that required models to have an objective measure of health, like whatshow organizers in Milan and Madrid did, in banning overly skinny models. Like I saidbefore, Americans think that it would be too difficult to measure things like that. A bigdisagreement that was talked about
is that having a standard BMI isn’t fair becaus
e of different heights and ages of models.Even though many European designers are now putting this rule out, theAmericans are still disagreeing on it because it would be unrealistic to create rules on thefashion industry as a whole. They say that it
is not anything they don’t do already. They
believe that they manage the health of their models well enough and having a
specification wouldn’t be any more helpful than what they already do. David
Bonnouvrier, the chief executive of DNA Model Management, thinks that the guidelines
they did create will be successful. He knows that it’s a serious issue for people to payattention to, but they can’t force anything and change the designers’ choices.
From what I read in the article in
The New York Times
, I am not very happy withhow this issue is being handled. Most of the people that were interviewed do not show asmuch concern as I believe should be put out there. They think they put enough effort and
that’s enough. People in charge of parts of the
modeling industry say that they knowthere are problems with young girls everywhere, and want to do everything to help, but