#FashionFix: Model Starts Petition To Change Modelling Industry
Rosalie Nelson, a British model, has started a petition for higher regulation in the modelling industry, that has already gathered 55,000 signatures and is being looked into by an All-Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster. Nelson is 23 years old with a clothing size 8 to 10, belonging to agency IMM, who walked into one of the biggest modelling agencies in the UK and was told to lose weight. “They told me I ticked all the boxes except one – I needed to lose weight. So I did,” the model said. “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.” This is just one on the hundreds of similar cases that occur in the modelling industry on a regular basis. “The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole,” cited the petition. With France becoming the latest country to criminalise the use of dangerously thin models, Nelson calls for the same standards to be applied in the UK. Keep an eye on this story, because if all goes well, the modelling industry could change significantly in the UK.