‘Curvy’ models reshape Madrid Fashion Week

The organizer of Spain's biggest fashion show silenced critics by stating that the models who took part "were curvier than ever" and all above the body mass limit set by the World Health Organization.

'Curvy' models reshape Madrid Fashion Week
“Our doctor was very strict,” Madrid Fashion Week organizer Leonor Pérez Pita told Spanish news agency EFE. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Madrid’s Fashion Week came to a close on Tuesday after five days of the latest trends in global haute couture gracing the Spanish capital’s catwalks.

The prestigious event featured upcoming Spanish designers like Moises Nieto and Juana Martín as well as three Peruvian fashionistas who were invited to showcase their work in a European setting.

But those who were less concerned about the fashion and more interested in the example being set by the long-legged models were quick to query the show’s organizer on their body weight policy.

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“Our doctor was very strict,” Leonor Pérez Pita told Spanish news agency EFE.

Pérez Pita pointed out that Madrid’s Fashion Week was a “pioneer” in ensuring that models “had realistic and healthy body shapes similar to regular women”.

“Most of our models had a body mass index of 19, with the healthy body mass index being between 18 and 25,” Pérez Pita told EFE.

The fashion show organizer said the weight increase of the models wasn’t appreciated as much by outsiders because of the “tremendous” height of some of its participants.

Spain's stance against underweight models in its top-level fashion shows was called into question recently after a catwalk organized by Brand Spain in Brussels featured a woman who was so skinny even the public voiced their discontent.

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