When it comes to taking a stand against unrealistic body images, France is in a league of its own. In April of this year, the country passed a law that stated, “The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labour.”
The law also required models to prove their BMI was healthy with a note from their doctor, and any agency caught breaking the law could serve up to six months in prison. They would also receive a fine of $82,000.
This law, in effect, was established to tackle the issue of eating disorders in France. As of 2015, it’s estimated that between 30,000 and 40,000 people suffer from anorexia nervosa.
In early December, the law was amended. Now, not only will models be required to receive notes from doctors, but magazines or advertisers publishing photographs will now be required to label pictures as “photograph touched up” if it has indeed been modified. Anyone found breaking this aspect of the law will be fined $57,300.