Models Get The Skinny On Weight Limit

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BERNAT ARMANGUE / AP

ADIOS: Models like this one at the 2005 Pasarela Cibeles may not carry enough weight for this year's event

Posted Saturday, Sep 16, 2006
Let the beautiful-but-emaciated beware: there will be no ultra-skinny models sauntering down the runway at this year's Pasarela Cibeles, Spain's most important fashion event. For the first time, the Pasarela, which begins [an error occurred while processing this directive] Monday, will bar from the catwalk models with a body mass index (a weight-to-height ratio) lower than 18.

After noticeably gaunt models at last year's show provoked outcry from health and women's organizations, the Madrid regional government, which sponsors Cibeles, pressured show organizers for the change.

"Our intention is...