Quebec Drafts Charter to Ban Skinny Models From Runway
Christine St. Pierre, the Quebec Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, announced her plans to create a charter that would ban ultra-thin models from runways and magazines.
"We have to change the mentality," St. Pierre told CBC News. "We are in a position to say to them 'OK, you have to do something.' But I'm not looking for a law, I'm just looking for an involvement from the fashion industry."
St. Pierre cited that the provincial fashion industry has a duty to protect the health of the models and look at preventative measures against eating disorders among young men and women.
"If we work with the fashion industry they will be able to reach young women and young men and to talk to them," she said. "This is what we are looking for, and also we want to address this problem with the health minister and all the businesses involved."
Jean-François Daviau, producer of Montreal Fashion Week and co-president of Sensation Mode, said he believes a charter would be a good idea, but he said the models also need support.
"We don't want to point at her and say 'You're the problem,'" Daviau said. "That's another issue. We have to be very careful on the impact of such an action."
The announcement comes as Montreal Fashion Week begins, and the charter is expected to be completed and in effect by March 2009, just in time for the next round of MFW.
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