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Madrid Fashion Week Bans Emaciated Models

First Posted: 10/17/2008 5:12 am Updated: 05/25/2011 12:45 pm

Spain's top fashion show Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week was opening for the 48th time on Monday, featuring full-bodied models for the third year running. The weight of the models continued to arouse interest, with some experts still criticizing them as too thin.

Models participating in the Madrid Fashion Week, formerly known as the Pasarela Cibeles, must have a body mass index - calculated on a height-weight ratio - of at least 18, the limit set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for a person to be considered healthy.

A model measuring 1.75 metres, for instance, must thus weigh at least 56 kilograms.

Only one of the 45 models was not allowed to participate for being too skinny, said nutritionist Susana Monereo, who weighed them.

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