By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Celine are among brands who have pledged to abandon size-zero models.
The promise forms part of a new chapter by luxury conglomerates LVMH and Kering, who owns numerous luxury fashion houses.
Female Models will have to be a minimum French size 34 (a U.S Size 2) and a French 44 for men (extra small).
Both companies have also agreed not to use men or women under the age of 16 to model adult clothes.
In addition, the charter pledges to make a dedicated psychologist or therapist available during working time.
The BBC reports that models will also have to present a valid medical certificate to prove that they are fit to work.
“We have the responsibility of building new standards for fashion and we hope to be followed by other players in our sector,” said Antoine Arnault, an LVMH Director.
The ill treatment of fashion models has become a big issue. In March, Balenciaga sacked two casting directors after they reportedly left 150 models waiting for hours in a dark stairwell while they went to lunch.
Their actions were described as “sadistic” and “cruel” by casting director James Scully, who first divulged the claims.
Source: Harper’s BAZAAR UK.