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The career of modelling requires a crisp physique. But sometimes, in pursuit of that 'perfect figure,' many find themselves in a body that has shrunken below what's considered healthy, even before they realize where they're headed. While it's understandable that the career demands a skinny figure to showcase the latest fashions on, there should be a lower limit on how skinny one should be. Following the same, a model has filed a petition, calling for the government to pass a law that keeps models from becoming dangerously skinny.
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Australian model, Rosie Nelson, was asked by a modelling agency to go on a diet, because they wanted her "down to the bone." That's when decided to call on the government to bring about the much-needed change that keeps models from becoming dangerously underweight. She has generated an online petition that has received well over 100,000 signatures.
Rosie was just 22 when she'd visited one of UK's top modeling agencies. She has now filed a petition to Ten Downing Street regarding the matter of dangerous underweight, and addressed the following letter to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Caroline Dinenage: "When I walked into one of the UK's biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one – I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, two inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me 'down to the bone'"
France passed laws earlier this year making it a criminal offence to hire models who are undernourished. However, something like this is not expected to happen in the UK without opposition. Editor of Vogue UK, Alexandra Shulman, had this to say: "I think it's extremely unfair to think that a model who is extremely skinny should not be on the catwalk, because if somebody will attach their own feelings about their own self-image, possibly the problems they've got with an eating disorder or something, to that girl. I do think that it's absolutely unacceptable to put a girl who is herself suffering from such things on the catwalk. I can't think of anything more degrading and more appalling for girls who are models… than being measured and weighed like they're a kind of heifer."