All French runway models will now be required to provide a certificate that verifies that their overall health and Body Mass Index are at medically-approved levels, after legislation to ban rail-thin models was finally passed by the French government yesterday.

Additionally, ads and commercial photographs of models who have been digitally altered must mention that they are "retouched" -- however that bill will not go into full effect until January 2017, so that it will not affect ad campaigns set to launch in the coming year.

Saying that it takes a toll on both models and the self-esteem of young women, the government will now be fining agencies and fashion houses that do not comply -- however some are still skeptical of how seriously the multibillion dollar French fashion industry will take this legislation, as "health" is still determined by doctors who could still ostensibly write "generous" notes. Hm.

[h/t WWD]

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