#Arts & Entertainment
Olympus Fashion Week
United States of America

We feel that the mainstream media, who's respsonible for our contemporary public sphere, lacks a diverse representation of women of different sizes as well as ethnicties. As a result, our "ideal beauty" is becoming more and more narrow, women are developing a skew sense of self, leading to depression, self-loathing, poor self esteem and eating disorders.

The ideal body type, as put forth by the media is becoming dangerously thin, a majority of female media icons have a “BMI [that] is on the border of what a clinician would regard as anorexic.” By projecting these images of rail thin women, what message does this send to our youth? “Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk” said Concha Guerra. This past september, Madrid, Spain put a ban against overly thin models at top-level fashion shows. They hope by doing so, they will project a healthier image of what beauty is. "This is about protecting the young women and men who work in the fashion industry, as well as those who are at risk of an eating disorder and can be influenced by the pictures that they see."

We, the undersigned, ask Olympus Fashion Week to consider adopting the same standards recently instated in Madrid. Models should be measured using the body mass index (BMI, based on weight and height), encouraging them to maintain a healthy BMI -- 18.25 to 25 is considered to be healthy. Anyone with a body mass index of less than 18 should be banned.

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The Ban Overly Thin Models petition to Olympus Fashion Week was written by D Choy and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.