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Gigi Hadid has won international model of the year award at this year’s Fashion Awards.

The 21-year-old beat off competition from her sister Bella and best friend Kendall Jenner at the ceremony in London.

To celebrate, Gigi Hadid took part in a mannequin challenge on stage at the Royal Albert Hall with the audience getting involved as well.

Image source Wikimedia

Image source Wikimedia

Other winners on the night included Jayden Smith and Willow Smith as new fashion insiders.

Accepting her international model of the year award, Gigi Hadid said: “I just want to say that I know that I’m in the generation of social media, and I’m so blessed for that.

“But the fashion industry is my family, and you guys are the ones that I’m here for.”

The model continued: “To everyone who has been so genuine and looked beyond what the rest of the world looked for, that has meant so much to me.”

Gigi Hadid is the daughter of LA real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid, who appears in reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The model is dating former One Direction singer Zayn Malik and her sister Bella is also a top model.


The blonde model in Soma bra commercials is Nicole Boerner.

Nicole Boerner is a fashion model, based out of New York City.

She is with the Wilhelmina Model Agency.

Nicole Boerner is a New York City-based fashion model working for the Wilhelmina Model Agency

Nicole Boerner is a New York City-based fashion model working for the Wilhelmina Model Agency

You can find more info on Nicole Boerner on her FMD profile page.

Nicole Boerner, 28, appeared on the cover of Women’s Health magazine in September 2008, and the March 2011 issue of Fitness.

Nicole Boerner lives in Texas, and appears in the advertisement for Soma women lingerie.

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Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index (BMI).

 The new law is part of an effort to promote health for women of all sizes, and to stop glorifying the ultra-thin.

“Beautiful is not underweight,” says Rachel Adato, one of the creators of the bill.

In recent years, much attention has been paid to how women are portrayed in the media, whether it’s an overly airbrushed magazine model with an impossibly slim waist, or a TV starlet with protruding collar bones.

In an era when pro-anorexia communities congregate on social media sites like Pinterest, it’s no wonder that lawmakers are concerned with women’s body image.

For sure, reducing the number of images that portray women as very thin is beneficial, says Claire Mysko, director of Proud2BeMe, a website created with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to promote healthy body image.

“There is a danger in being constantly exposed to one image of beauty,” Claire Mysko says.

“There is a serious lack of body diversity in the media. People are not seeing themselves and their bodies reflected.”

Israel’s law may be the catalyst needed to help make change. But others say it could make things worse.

Many magazine editors, modelling agents and casting directors say they want to use more diverse models, but can’t because of industry expectations – with each blaming the other group for setting the tone.

Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index

Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index

“They all feel trapped into producing what nobody individually espouses,” says Amanda Mears, author of Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model.

“Everyone felt individually powerless.”

Regulating the types of models that can be used may be a good way to “shock” the system into making changes, she says.

However, Amanda Mears, along with many other experts on eating disorders and body image, worry that the law is flawed.

“Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and the very idea that there is a concrete qualifying number, and if someone can match it they’re considered healthy, is wrong,” Amanda Mears says.

BMI, a ratio of height to weight, is best used as a way to measure the average size of groups of people, but is not a good indicator of personal health, says Margo Maine, a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders.

“It’s arbitrary,” Margo Maine says.

“In the past I would have welcomed [the law] but I am a little leery of the judgment about the correct body type.”

Limiting the types of bodies that are permitted to model or considered attractive can backfire, says Matthew Johnson, director of education at the Media Awareness Network, a media education programme in Canada.

“What would be more effective would be encouraging a wider variety of body shapes on TV and in media in general.”

Otherwise, the message is not to celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes, but to reject extreme thinness.

“We have reduced women to their size,” says Dr. Margo Maine, author of The Body Myth.

“By targeting women who are thin, whether they have an eating disorder or are naturally thin, we are focusing on the individual instead of challenging the culture that buys into it.”

Thin women may have an easier go of it than fat women, but they’re still subject to attacks about their size. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is subjected to constant speculation about her health and comments about her weight.

Angelina Jolie’s Oscar appearance last month set Twitter alight with criticisms of her thin frame. “Angelina Jolie looks like her arms are ready to snap in half at any moment. Gross,” wrote one user.

Speaking out against very thin star celebrities can feel like a satisfying blow against unrealistic body standards, says Raegan Chastain.

As an advocate for fat acceptance she has often heard people criticize women for being too thin.

Still, she warns those trying to come to terms with their own size to leave other people out of it.

“If you want to push against standards, you don’t do that by bashing people,” Raegan Chastain says.

“You can’t look at someone and tell how healthy they are. Weight and health are two separate things.”

With that in mind, NEDA has advocated that models be screened for eating disorders, but not that they be prohibited from working based on a size and weight limit.

They’ve also launched Proud2BeMe, an extension of a Dutch website designed as a safe space to discuss body issues and health concerns.

“There are people who are naturally thin and people who are naturally heavier, and we need to accept a diversity,” Claire Mysko says.

“That’s the goal: not to define one body type as attractive and another type as unattractive.”

• Spain: Madrid fashion week restricted models who have a BMI of less than 18 (2006)

• Italy: Government instituted a self-policing code of conduct for the fashion industry, including requiring medical proof that models do not have eating disorders (2006)

• UK: the Advertising Standards Authority issued guidelines about the use of digitally manipulating photos, saying they will stop ads that are misleading, including those that portray extreme thinness (2011)