French luxury groups LVMH and Kering, which own brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Gucci, have announced they’ll ban the use of ultra-thin and underage models. Responding to the news, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive for YMCA England & Wales, a founding partner of the Be Real Campaign for body confidence, said:
“LVMH and Kering’s commitment to stop using unhealthy slim models is a welcome step in the right direction, however using a size six as a benchmark still sends the message that a super slim body types is the ‘ideal’.
“While some people are naturally slim, the average woman in the UK wears a size 16 and we’d like to see more diversity on our catwalk that truthfully reflects our society, with all its shapes, sizes, ethnicities and more.
“Seeing images of only one particular body type, that’s almost impossible for most of us to achieve in a heathy way, will continue to put pressure on women and girls to be become something they are not.”