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France Requires Labels on Photoshopped Images of Models

A new French law expects digitally altered model photos to read "photographie retouchée," which translates to "edited photograph."

A new French law, effective Sunday, now requires that any images of models that have been photoshopped to appear thicker or thinner will now need to be labeled as "photographie retouchee," which translates to "retouched photograph." Those who fail to comply could face fines of more than $44,000, reports NPR.

"It is necessary to act on body image in society to avoid the promotion of inaccessible beauty ideals and prevent anorexia among young people," France's former health minister, Marisol Touraine, told French daily Le Parisien

France has been making moves to address unhealthy body standards in the last few years. In April 2015, French lawmakers passed a bill that required models to meet a specific BMI requirement before they could hit the runway. Later that year, a revised legislation was passed requiring French models to prove they were in good health with a verified note from a doctor.

In response to the French law, American stock photo agency Getty Images is also no longer accepting images that have photoshopped models' body shapes. However, changes in hair colour, nose shape, retouching of skin or blemishes "are outside the scope of this new law, and are therefore still acceptable," reads Getty's site.

France isn't the only country to enact such laws against anorexia; Italy, Israel and Spain have passed similar statues in recent years.

Stephanie Chan, Hollywood Reporter.



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