The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) sets many of the standards and guidelines for the modeling industry, and is being prompted by many designers and eating disorder campaigns to make some important changes.
Designer Bradley Bayou recently spoke out against the rising trend in waiflike models because of his own daughter’s struggle. His 26-year old daughter has suffered from bulimia, which prompted Bayou to begin serving as an ambassador for the National Eating Disorder Association. The designer is encouraging the Council of Fashion Designers of America to require medical checkups for models to ensure that they are not suffering from an eating disorder and putting their health – and even their lives – at stake.
Skeletal models can send a dangerous message to teenagers and tweens who are suffering from low self-esteem and those who look up to the fashion industry for tips on how to keep up with the latest trends. Seeing too-skinny models day after day can have a negative impact on body image and self-esteem, and magazines such as Teen Vogue are making attempts to shift to healthy-looking models whenever possible.