Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Milan Models Forced to Prove Their Fitness; NEW MOVE IN FASHION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE 'SKELETONS'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Milan Models Forced to Prove Their Fitness; NEW MOVE IN FASHION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE 'SKELETONS'

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Byline: NICK PISA

MODELS will be forced to carry certificates proving they are healthy as part of a clampdown on Size Zero models on the catwalk.

The move dominated the start of Milan Fashion Week and follows the death of 22-year-old model Luisel Ramos, who died at a show in Uruguay after days without eating.

It will initially affect events in Milan and Rome but is certain to raise the pressure on London Fashion Week to follow suit.

Tiziana Maiolo, Milan's city council official in charge of promoting fashion, said: "We will work together with modelling agencies, with the chamber of commerce for fashion and with doctorsto ensure that modelling agencies and stylists do not favour this phenomenon of anorexia.

"I don't think men want to see skeletal women and I want to say to women who are fuller-figured there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. They are undoubtedly the prettiest women about and the most intelligent."

While in Rome Stefano Dominella said: "Fashion must not be allowed to give off negative signals - youngsters must not see prototypes that take them to the verge of anorexia and bulimia. …

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