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France votes to ban ultra-thin models in crackdown on anorexia

Modelling agencies protest as those employing models considered too thin face fines of up to €75,000 and six months in prison

French MPs have approved tough measures in an attempt to combat anorexia that will make it a crime for fashion agencies to use dangerously thin or undernourished models.

Members of the lower house of parliament also voted on Friday for measures that will make it illegal to promote anorexia on the internet and will oblige agencies to clearly mark all photographs of models that have been retouched to alter their body shape.

Continue reading: The Guardian

Gender-flips are a simple and smart way to turn sexism on its head

Australian comedy duo Bondi Hipsters have gone viral by subverting Miranda Kerr’s GQ photoshoot – and even Jennifer Lopez has got in on the act

Bondi Hipsters Miranda Kerr GQ

Bondi Hipster

Sometimes the best way to make a point about sexism is also the simplest. Australian comedians the Bondi Hipsters parodied this month’s British GQ by showing heavily bearded Dom Nader mimicking the naked poses struck by model Miranda Kerr. Their shoot went viral. Christiaan Van Vuuren, Nader’s real-life alter ego, told the Huffington Post that the idea was a response to “the over-sexualisation of the female body in the high-fashion world. For some reason, as soon as you put a man in there … it’s an entirely different thing that we aren’t used to seeing.”

Gender-flips used to challenge sexist stereotypes are having a moment. Last week, in a Guardian video, Leah Green went undercover, acting out scenarios reported by women to the Everyday Sexism website. She asked a barman if he’d give her a lapdance, for example, prompting obvious bemusement.

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Researchers measure increasing sexualization of images in magazine

Models in Paris Vogue display attributes that researchers say magnify cultural perceptions of sexualization.

In a 2011 photo spread for French Vogue, models stretched and slinked on an array of exotic animal furs. Their bodies were covered in jewels. Their faces were flush with rouge. They stared seductively into the camera. Nothing about these scenes would be out of the ordinary in the haute fashion magazine, except that in this case, the models were as young as 10 years old.

The controversial spread caused a flood of criticism from media watchers and feminist bloggers alike — especially here in the U.S.A. But in a culture where sexuality is more accepted, had the French finally gone too far?

Continue reading: PBS

Jennie Runk: My life as a ‘plus-size’ model – BBC News

When H&M hired a “plus-size” model to show off the range of sizes for its beachwear, the ad campaign caused much discussion. Model Jennie Runk says it’s time we stopped obsessing about size. I had no idea that my H&M beachwear campaign would receive so much publicity. I’m the quiet type who reads books, plays video games, and might be a little too obsessed with her cat.

Continue reading: Jennie Runk: My life as a ‘plus-size’ model – BBC News