Should The UK IntroduceA Model-Health Law – The Fashion Debates


Regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of what The Fashion Debates have set out to do, and how founder Olivia Pinnock has tried to create and further not just debate but action around the issues that affect the fashion industry. As someone who frequently calls out the shady parts of fashion, it’s important to me that this happens. One of the most hotly debated topics in the industry for as long as I can remember is models and their health.

The catwalks are a constant concern for the health of models and the way that infers a normality to the general public. It is also something I find incredibly frustrating as it never leads anywhere. We need to be the change we want to see, and that means having this discussion not only to debate it but share thoughts and ideas around what action can be taken afterwards, I’m really pleased to see The Fashion Debates tackle it and to bring in Rosie Nelson who has personal experience of the demands placed on models but is actively working to protect models and support positive legislation.

It’s a subject we all have a stake in and needs to be open, so here’s what will be happening at the event . . .

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The Fashion Debates is popping up at London Fashion Week hangout spot The Grooming Room for a topical discussion on ‘Should The UK Introduce A Model-Health Law?’

While models will be strutting down the catwalks at the BFC show space around the corner, The Fashion Debates will be joined by model Rosie Nelson to discuss her petition calling on the UK government to follow France and California in introducing legislation to protect models. The panel discussion will look at the pros and cons of moving from self-regulation to legal regulation and the effect on both the fashion industry and body image amongst the general public. The full panel will be announced soon.

Following the discussion, guests are welcome to stay for free drinks during cocktail hour at The Grooming Room, usually only open to London Fashion Week VIPs.

The Fashion Debates @ The Grooming Room takes place on 18th September at 4:30pm at Century Club. The event is open to all and tickets can be purchased for £15 at

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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