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Doukas: London fashion rules scare models

July 6, 2008 at 1:45 PM

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- New health regulations for the upcoming London Fashion Week will likely make some models so "paranoid" they may not attend, agency head Sarah Doukas says.

The founder of the Storm modeling agency said while she was a member of the British Fashion Council's Model Health Inquiry, she is unhappy with the inquiry's decision to require good health certificates from those participating in the September event, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

"I think they (the certificates) are crazy -- not a good idea," Doukas said. "It will make some of the girls even more paranoid and freaked out about the weight thing, and they won't come to the U.K. market, they simply won't come to London Fashion Week."

Doukas said the pressure from the new health regulations, aimed at preventing models from becoming dangerously thin, comes as most models are already concerned with their weight.

"When the fashion weeks come around, it is a nightmare, and the girls put themselves under huge pressure," she told the Telegraph. "I hear them saying 'I've got to lose three inches from my waist before I go to Galliano,' and I go mental and tell them to do no such thing."

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