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“Three models have been banned from Madrid fashion week for being too thin. They were sent home after doctors weighed and measured all 70 of the girls taking part.

The show, which started yesterday, bars models with a Body Mass Index of less than 18, believing that they set an unhealthy example for teenage girls.

BMI is the scale approved by the World Health Organisation for indicating the weight status of an adult.

A BMI of between 18 and 25 is considered healthy for an adult under 60.

Dr Susana Monereo, a nutritional expert who weighed the models, said: “Their BMI was 16, which is a very low figure which represents extreme thinness.

“They might be of good health, but their appearance is very thin.”

Cuca Solana, the director of the show, said: “The average BMI is higher than in the previous edition.”

Since 2006, organisers have rejected 13 models – including the three – for failing the BMI test.”

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What bothers me about this is that they said, “They might be of good health, but their appearance is very thin.” Okay so even if proven healthy, these models are still considered to be too thin to work? That’s ridiculous! If a model is healthy, why can’t she work? Why does she have to be out of a job just because society thinks that it might give a bad message? Why does she have to suffer just because society wasn’t taught how to be happy with the body they were given? What this is, is stotal discrimination. Again, I’m not talking about models who actually do have eating disorders or are unhealthy, but I’m talking about how they pretty much just admitted that they don’t care if they models are healthy or not, if their BMI are less than 18, then you’re fired. How idiotic. BMI has even been proven to not even be a very accurate measurement of health. They need to reevaluate what they are doing here because it’s just not cool to do this to women who might be in perfect health.

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Did you all hear that yet another model died from anorexia a couple weeks ago?

Now, not that I don’t feel remorse for this situation, but it’s just interesting to me because common people die from anorexia every day, but it’s a big deal when a model does. Then people start ranting and raving about how terrible the fashion and modeling industry is and how since they put so much pressure to be thin, there’s some big epidemic of modeling related deaths from this disorder. Well, there’s not. People from all different professions develop eating disorders, and for all different kinds of reasons. The vast majority of people with eating disorders aren’t models, and the vast majority of models don’t have eating disorders, so what is with the pointing fingers? Why do people single out just the models?

Oh and did you notice in the article it says that agent Adi Barkan refuses to use models with a BMI of less than 19 now? It used to be 18. So even models with a BMI of, let’s say, 18.7, even though considered ‘normal’ by BMI calculations is still too thin to be a working model! What the hell? Ugh, people!

Check out this bull crap.

“NEW YORK – A British beauty queen says she was told to pack on pounds for the upcoming Miss World competition — an unexpected request, considering she’s not rail-thin. “I was a little bit shocked,” Miss England Georgia Horsley said Friday in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

“I don’t think I’m too thin. I’m happy with the way I am,” said the 20-year-old, who is a size 4. She added: “I probably would have been more hurt if they told me to lose weight, I think.”

Horsley said pageant organizers want “their girls to be more voluptuous and womanly and curvy, you know, rather than the stick-thin, size-0 models that you see around.”

“I’ve just got quite more of an athletic, boyish-type figure rather than the hourglass figure that some women have,” said the 5-foot-8 Horsley. “And they’re just seeing if, you know, I could maybe put a bit of weight on and it might give me those curves.”

The Miss World press office didn’t immediately respond Friday to an e-mail from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Horsley has little more than a month to gain weight: the Miss World pageant will be held in China on Dec. 1.

“They’ve not given me a total (weight) to get to,” she said. “But I’m going to eat, you know, healthy fats such as nuts and avocado, oily fish, things like that.”

Horsley said the request was no big deal, comparing it to being asked to get a tan or let her hair grow.

“I don’t think this is a major, major thing, you know,” she said. “They just want me to put on a few pounds.”

Sure, but what if she gains weight in all the wrong places?

“I’m trying to work out at the same time,” she said. “It’ll hopefully maybe level things out a bit. But, I mean, if I do start putting weight on, say, my stomach or somewhere on my thighs where I don’t really want to put it on … I’ll obviously scrap the idea and I’ll just accept the fact that I’m a naturally athletic build and can’t do the curves.”

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She might not think this is a big deal, but I certainly do. First of all, I’m looking at her pictures on google and I see a woman who looks completely healthy. In fact, I can’t see how anyone would think she is too thin. Secondly, how could anyone also think this is a good thing that they asked her to gain weight? How is this any different than asking someone to lose weight? It’s not. It’s still saying, “You should look this particular way, at approximately this weight.” I understand that they are trying to put women of a bigger size out there on the pageant runway, but to have to ask them to gain weight is just ridiculous. Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees the wrong in this.