The French fashion industry on Wednesday signed a charter to promote healthy body images among ultra-skinny models in magazine ads and on the catwalks of Paris, the world's fashion capital.
After more than a year of talks, officials from fashion houses, advertising firms and media outlets joined Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot to ink the voluntary charter, joining a worldwide drive to combat anorexia.
The charter outlines a series of guidelines but falls short of imposing restrictions, as is the case in Spain which has set a minimum body mass index of 18 for catwalk models.
This translates to a minimum weight of 56 kilos (123 pounds) for a height of 1.75 meters (5.74 feet).
French fashion supremos committed to a series of "positive actions" to promote healthy body images, mostly through awareness-raising and information sharing.
Signatories pledged to refrain from using "images of people, in particular youth, that could contribute to promoting a model of extreme thinness."