MADRID, Spain ~ Excessively skinny fashion models will be barred from a major Madrid fashion show later this month for fear they could send the wrong message to young Spanish girls, local media reported.
Madridâ€™s regional government, which is co-financing the Pasarela Cibeles, has vetoed around a third of the models who took part in last yearâ€™s show because they weigh too little.
The authorities collaborated with a Spanish health organization to come up with a minimum body mass – a height-weight ratio – of 18 for the models.
Spanish daily ABC said it was the first time such restrictions had been imposed on a fashion show, although a recent wedding dress exhibition in Barcelona banned fashion models who took a dress size below 38 (British size 10; US size eight).
Several models at last yearâ€™s show provoked a row when they claimed their careers would be under threat if they put on weight.
Organizers said they wanted to â€œhelp ensure public opinion does not associate fashion, and fashion shows in particular, with an increase in anorexia, a disease that, along with bulimia, is considered â€¦ a mental and behavioral problem.â€
The event will take place on September 18-22.