Lawmaker Targets Dangerous Health Practices In Modeling Industry
Marc Levine, a Marin County Democrat, believes his bill creating health standards and workplace protections for models is the first in the country, though there have been similar laws passed in Europe.
The San Jose Mercury News:
California Lawmaker's Bill Would Create Health Standards For Fashion Models
Some models say they've been told to eat only one rice cake per day to avoid gaining any weight. Others say they swallow Kleenex tissues -- or cotton balls soaked in orange juice -- to fill their stomachs and stop their hunger pains. ... These and other grim accounts are behind one Bay Area legislator's effort to create health standards and workplace protections for professional models who, he says, face widespread and dangerous occupational demands to maintain extreme thinness. (Seipel, 4/5)