A Ban on Dangerously Thin Models: Is the Issue Workplace Safety or Is It Free Speech?

Thanks to Bo Sacks for sending around an update to the Vogue Publishing breakthrough, wherein Vogue editors worldwide have agreed not to work with models who are dangerously thin.

From the Atlantic we learn that Israel has mandated that its publishers cannot legally work with dangerously thin models, or models who have eating disorders; now they also cannot airbrush models thinner.

Similar legislation could not easily be passed here, according to some first amendment experts, because it is an issue of free speech.

But is it? Or is this an issue of workplace safety? And has modeling become a high-risk, even a deadly, profession?

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