Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Rolls & No Skinny Models in Israel

This blog post comes to you thanks to two great women, who are also my colleagues and friends. First, Susan McKenzie in Montreal, who was in town last week, and was kind enough to take these pictures for me. And second, Karen Gordon here in Toronto who found an interesting article about fashion and politics in Israel, the details of which I've posted below. Please have a read and let me know what you think.

So this is the story that Karen posted from The Times of Israel:

Knesst Passes 'Skinny Models' Law

The Knesset approved a law late Monday night that bans the display of underweight models in Israeli advertising, prohibits ads from abroad if they feature models deemed underweight, and requires advertisers to note when images have been visually manipulated to make the models appear thinner. The increased prevalence of eating disorders in Israeli society, particularly among young girls, prompted Danny Danon of Likud and Rachel Adatto of Kadima to draft the law, which intends to discourage the idealization of excessively thin bodies.

“This law is another step in the war against eating disorders,” Adatto, a physician, said after a preliminary reading of the draft law. Underweight models, she said, “can no longer serve as role models for innocent youths who adopt and copy the illusion of thinness.”

The law defines underweight in keeping with the internationally accepted Body Mass Index (BMI) standard, a ratio of weight compared to height. Anyone with a ratio under 18.5 is considered underweight.
According to a 2002 study, between 60% and 80% of Israeli female adolescents are dissatisfied with their weight and figure, though the vast majority of those surveyed were of normal or even low weight.
A report presented to the Knesset in 2002 found that five percent of young Israelis suffered from eating disorders. Of those, 90 percent were girls between the ages of 12 and 20.

So what do you think? Do you support this idea or do you consider it a form of censorship?
Progressive? Or paternalistic?  I'd really be curious to know what you guys think.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Photos by Susan McKenzie ~
Outfit Details:
Green Top from Forever 21 in Detroit
Tweed Skirt thrifted at Double Take
Payless Boots
Earrings are my grandmother's
Silver and green cuff borrowed from my mother, from Pakistan; String of beads from Suzy Shier


  1. I think this is a very good idea and wish it was law in the world not just a few countries.
    I used to be a model, and even though I was below a healthy BMI I was constantly told to lose weight. I was anorexic, bulimic and excersizing for a minimum of 2 hours a day plus walking everywhere I could never get as skinny as the agency wanted me to be. The pressure in this industry is insane, and while there are some women who are naturally skinny and can be a model size without being unhealthy most of us can't.

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Melissa. I wholeheartedly agree with you!

  2. I think you look gorgeous my dear!! Love the colour blouse and how it looks with that skirt! :)

    I can't write a in depth response to the discussion as the whole body issue debate just winds me up!

    Take care honey,Daniella xox

  3. Gorgeous top, Nats!

    As for the new law in Israel, Melissa's comment above makes my point for me. I am very unclear as to why the fashion industry is obsessed with models who are so grossly underweight and who appear so visibly malnourished. These body types are not representative of the average, healthy woman's body. While skinny is not necessarily bad, sickly is. Bravo to Israel for attempting to protect women from developing an unhealthy--and gravely unrealistic--body image!

  4. Agree with the law.

  5. I love your green top!
    Interesting topic yet again! Restrictions in public displays are always a difficult matter. And I can imagine there being people opposed to this law. But I happen to think it's a positive step! Young girls should not be feeling that a BMI of 18 is the beautystandard.
    I am very content with the way I look and I am not an insecure teenager anymore, but even I sometimes catch myself thinking "I wish I had that figure" when looking at a bikini ad..
    I think normalcy should be celebrated more :)

  6. That blouse is lovely and I love how you styled in this sophisticated ensemble. I agree there need to be regulations in place, though the key will be ensuring designers and agencies abide by them...

  7. Pretty! Love your blouse :) Such a great color on you!!!!!


  8. im having Marni for H&M dress giveaway come join

  9. I don't think they should completely ban skinny models. However, I'm all in favor of featuring REAL women who are not rail thin!

    ♥ B
    With Love From Michigan

  10. Real women are always the best in all the world...even 'cause fashion in dressed by REAL WOMEN in the end!
    Good work!

  11. Cute top :)


  12. very pretty blouse! I love it!


    Erin @

  13. I just discovered your blog and I think is lovely! Would you like to be friends and follow each other?
    Fashionhypnotised girl

  14. I dont agree with the law. I have several friends who do not have an ounce of fat on them simply because they just cant gain weight, and if they were models, I would find it unfair that their pictures werent being posted just because someone thought of them as unhealthy.
    Love your outfit! :)
    -barbie @ Style of a Mrs.

  15. A good posture goes a long way. We don't want slouching models wearing Alexander Wang walking the runway or a slouching talent promoting toothpaste on TV. Route 66 Models


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