Fashion Model Nikki Dubose had a secret. 40% of all fashion models have an eating disorder and she was one of them. She did everything she could to meet the impossible standards set by the fashion/modeling industry and paid the price with her health. She got out to save her life and has been an advocate for change ever since.
Two days ago she wrote an article for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) where she talked about her own struggles and the Bill that is going to help change the industry. Introduced by California Assembly Member Marc Levine, AB2539 “wouldn’t require that models maintain a certain weight, but would instead insist the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board work with medical officials and the Department of Public Health to set healthy standards,” Levine told the SFGate.
He continues, “This is a societal problem as unhealthy models have become role models for young people. As California often leads the nation and the world, this bill will help assure that our children will see healthy images on magazines and fashion websites.” (42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner. 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.)
Dubose is featured in the upcoming documentary film series caled Real Women, Real Stories. Among other things, she shares that when she became anorexic and weighed only 90 pounds she was told that she looked amazing. She also states that that’s when she got the most modeling work of her career.
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