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British Modelling Scene
 
The British modelling scene has come a long way over the years. What started out as a fairly small industry now involves billions of pounds in clothing, fashion shows, magazines, television ads and programs, and more. British models are some of the richest people in the country, with many making the wealthiest list year after year. British models grace the covers and pages of a number of different fashion magazines every month. Some of the largest and most well known include British Vogue, Glamour, i-D, Fashion UK, British Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more.
 
 In recent years, the British Fashion Council, the guiding council for the British fashion world, has started examining the health of British models. Starting in 2007, the council has been looking at whether or not the fashion world pushes models to be anorexic and unhealthy in their eating habits. This investigation was driven by the death of several models that died after not eating or eating very poorly. This investigation was followed by a ban of models with a body mass index below 18 at the Madrid Fashion Week.
 
 
London Fashion Week organizers were set to follow this example in 2008. They originally planned to ban some zero size models from the runway in an attempt to show the world that such super thin models were not needed and were, in fact, dangerously below weight. However, they changed their minds and allowed the models to participate.

The Model Health Inquiry, a committee appointed by the British Fashion Council to look into this issue, is made up not only of health experts but also of models, including British model Erin O’Conner. The committee is looking at more than just size zero models. They are also taking into account the overall health of models in the UK. One of the biggest concerns is that there are few regulations in the modelling world. There is nothing regarding how many hours’ models can work, the age of models, and health care and educational opportunities for models.

 
 
The Top British Models

There are many different famous models in the UK, and like any industry, the best of the best tends to change fairly often. It’s always hard to say who is currently on this exclusive top list, but the magazine i-D did put together a list of who they considered the top twelve models in their March 2009 issue. Their twelve top female models included Daisy Lowe, Yasmin Le Bon, Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson, Twiggy, Eliza Cummings, Stella Tennant, Susie Bick, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, and Kate Moss. Moss and Campbell have reached international acclaim, and they were among the six women recognized as the “Big Six” supermodels of the 1980s and 1990s.

As far as male models go, the UK has its fair share of pretty boys. Some of the biggest names include Alex Gilbert, Eddie Tucker, Jeremy Young, Ollie Edwards, Luke Worrall, Jamie Strachan, Josh Beech, Ash Stymest, Danny Schwarz, and David Gandy.
 
 
 
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