It is not just about the young models. It is about young women who are being led in a fashion that has got a number of long-term consequences. We cannot have it both ways; we either do not put a lot of money in so it does not really matter when we have not got much influence and those are the issues ' and I do take the dilemma that you are in seriously, Mr Mayor, about being a world class city and support to the industry. However, unless you make a stance similar to the one you are making on climate change we will never get into a position where this industry takes it more seriously.
Take your money and put it into influencing young fashion designers of the future and those people that will shape the industry in the future, because that would be better than where it is. You cannot keep going on, unless you put some timescale on it, saying, 'Well, we will wait and see about it because they will police themselves'; these people have got no intention of policing themselves. Only a few are being progressive and taking this matter seriously. Others are using and misusing women in a way that is affecting generations of young girls and young women, and it is the young girls that we have got to be actually mindful for and that is why we should take the stance on this issue.
I am not anti-fashion but I do think we have a leadership role here to play and we have got to send a message as you have sent messages on other issues, where others will follow. We should take a moral stance on this issue because of the young people that are involved and because of the young people that will be influenced by people not acting responsibly. If we are not putting a lot in this, let us put the money in and try to persuade otherwise or support the industry in other ways, but make it clear where our stance is.
Go with your gut reaction because people's lives are at stake here, and that is the seriousness of it. It is not a few models. Yes, they are in the front line of this, but there is a whole generation of young girls shaped by magazines and the fashion industry about what their size should be, and that is something we can't stand idly by. We need to make a stance and you should be leading the way.