London Fashion Week models

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You stated in your answer to 2481/2006 that the British Fashion Council advocated the use of healthy models. Does this mean that they will not permit the use of models with a BMI of less than 18 in London Fashion Week?


Answer for London Fashion Week models

Answer for London Fashion Week models

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Having consulted with health experts and eating disorder experts, including the eating disorder association, the British Fashion Council (BFC) has been advised that BMI in isolation cannot be used to judge an individual's health. The BFC state "Using this as the only parameter of health can be misleading. We believe that regulation is neither agreeable or advisable nor enforceable. What will make a difference is the commitment of the fashion industry to change attitudes through behaviour and education."