Members of the French government have adopted a bill aimed at banning employment of fashion models deemed to be “excessively thin.”  The bill stipulates that models must obtain a medical certificate stating that their health, “assessed in particular in terms of body mass index, is compatible with the practice of the (modeling) profession.”  A previous version of the bill had suggested a minimum Body Mass Index for models, prompting protests from modeling agencies in France, but the final draft approved on Thursday allows doctors to decide whether a model is too thin by taking into account their weight, age, and body shape.

The bill also requires that digitally altered images, which make a model’s silhouette “narrower or wider,” be labeled “touched up.” Employers who are found in violation of the law will be punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a fine of €75,000 (£54,000).

France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models – Italy, Spain and Israel have also enacted similar legislation.