“You Are Beautiful, No Matter What They Say”: Applying An Evidence-Based Approach To Body Image Law

October 1, 2019
Edition: Fall 2019
Volume: 34
Issue: 2
Article: 5

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Israeli and French Governments passed Body Image Laws that require models to have a minimum BMI or be of a healthy weight and if an image was modified to make the model appear thinner, it must have a warning. Are these laws merely symbolic, to focus a spotlight on this issue, or can they too have an impact? This article analyses some of the criticisms of the Body Image Laws by applying existing evidence from health research. Ultimately, it argues that there are many flaws with the Body Image Laws and that such a law should not be passed in Australia.

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About the Authors

Affiliation: Dr Marilyn Bromberg is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia Law School. She researches in the areas of Body Image Law, Health Law and Social Media and the Law and teaches Procedure, Social Media and the Law and Professional Practice. She has a PhD (Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia), LLB (Dist) (The University of Western Australia), BBA (Hon) (The Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada) and a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia). The article title is derived from the song “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera, published by Sony and RCA.
Affiliation: Madeleine Hay is a lawyer at Ashurst in Perth, Western Australia. She has a BComm and a Juris Doctor from The University of Western Australia in Crawley, Western Australia, Australia.
Affiliation: Tomas Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Notre Dame Law School in Fremantle, Western Australia. He has a BA and LLB from The University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, Western Australia. His main research interest is Legal Philosophy, which he applies to various contentious legal issues, such as the GST and performance enhancing drugs in sport. He teaches Legal Philosophy and Advocacy and is the staff editor of The University of Notre Dame Australia Law Review.
Affiliation: Catarina de Freitas is the Student Awards Officer at The University of Melbourne. She has a Master of Public Health from The University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, a Bachelor of Public Health from the Universidad La Salle, A.C. in Mexico, and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne.