Five of the 69 models who showed up for appraisal failed the test, the doctors said. The models were over 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed less than 121.25 pounds, Monereo said. The five models had come from working at a New York fashion show and two of them had taken part in 25 shows before flying to Madrid for the assessment, said Leonor Perez Pita, director of Pasarela Cibeles.
"They had a body mass index below, well below, that which is considered normal not just by the Spanish endocrinology society, whom we represent, but also by the limits set by the World Health Organization,"Monereo said.
And, the next year at the Pasarela Cibeles, none of the 61 models were eliminated at weight checks. Some of Spain's top fashion models, such as Veronica Blume and Argentine-born Martina Klein, still refused to participate in the Pasarela Cibeles, because they do not want to be weighed, the daily El Pais reported. (Digital Journal)In general, however, the fuller-bodied models have become totally accepted, organizers said. Madrid's example has also encouraged attempts to promote healthier beauty ideals in other fashion capitals, such as London and Milan. "The result is positive, so say the administration and associations representing victims of anorexia and other eating disorders," designer Modesto Lomba explained.