CA bill to fight fashion models' eating disorders advances

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:41 AM

The measure would require the state to expand health standards for models and regard them as employees of the brands they represent."The goal of the bill isn't only to defend the health of the workers themselves, but also to assistance youthful people who emulate models," said the bill'south author, state Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Democrat who represents the Marin County suburbs of San Francisco.

A CA bill aimed at reducing eating disorders among models cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, following efforts in several countries to fight extreme thinness in an industry that pressures models to lose weight.

The measure would require the state to expand health standards for models and regard them as employees of the brands they represent.

"The goal of the bill isn't only to defend the health of the workers themselves, but also to assistance youthful people who emulate models," said the bill'south author, state Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Democrat who represents the Marin County suburbs of San Francisco.

Latest year, France banned excessive thinness in models, partly in response to the death in two thousand-tenth of Isabelle Caro, a 28-year-old former French fashion model. She died from anorexia after posing for a photographic campaign to lift awareness about the illness.

Israel enacted a similar measure in two thousand-thirteenth, while Italy and Spain rely on voluntary codes of conduct to protect models.

The CA bill passed the Gathering Work and Employment Committee on Wednesday. It should be approved by extra committees and the full legislature before it can go to Democratic Gov Jerry Brown, who's not said if he'd sign it.

At Wednesday'south committee hearing activist Sara Ziff, a former fashion model, wept as she recounted abuses she endured as a teenage model, including pressure to strip for photographers.

"I felt love I was being treated more love an escort than a model," said Ziff, thirty-two, who founded the grouping Model Alliance.

By requiring that models be considered employees, she said, the state would defend them from sexual abuse and exploitation, and the risks of developing an eating disorder.

The Organization of Talent Agents has called the bill unworkable. A licensing requirement for modeling agencies is redundant because CA talent agencies are already licensed, organization President Karen Stuart said.

"This does nothing to reduce the problems that you heard about today," Stuart said.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Richard Chang)

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