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Canada is ac­tu­ally ahead of the game when it comes to de-nor­mal­iz­ing mod­els who are “scary-skinny,” said Erica Wark, stylist and fash­ion com­men­ta­tor on CTV’S The So­cial.

De­signer’s sam­ples are tra­di­tion­ally a size zero in “run­way-fo­cused” fash­ion mar­kets like Paris and New York, but in Canada they’re of­ten a four or even a six, she said.

years of sus­tained star­va­tion.

Schill, who is now work­ing on a con­sul­tancy startup that will fo­cus on in­clu­sive beauty, was care­ful not to de­scribe the char­ter as a panacea for the fash­ion in­dus­try’s prob­lems. She’s con­cerned it puts too much onus on mod­els to speak up and com­plain, and wants to see other re­forms too — a union to ad­vo­cate for mod­els, and ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing stan­dards for mod­el­ling agents who have vul­ner­a­ble young girls in their care.

Look­ing back now, she imag­ines she would have been an­gry if a size-zero ban was im­ple­mented in her mod­el­ling days.

On the other hand, “If this had been in place when I was mod­el­ling, I think I would still be mod­el­ling,” Schill said.

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