Women's Wear Daily thinks that anorexic models may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. "Under the protections of the act," WWD said, "a candidate cannot be passed over for a job only because he or she has a disability, if an employer could accommodate the person with a reasonable amount of adjustments."
It's amazing how desperate the fashion industry is to find some way to accommodate its preference for size 0 models. First, they argue that it's not the designers' fault, it's the stylists, or the models, or maybe the modeling agencies. When that argument fails, Vogue steps up with a panel of fashion insiders discussing eating disorders and the CFDA offers voluntary guidelines. And then WWD raises the specter of the ADA to an industry that has never given much thought to addressing the rights of minorities or the disabled.
When I see a model rolling down the runway in a wheelchair at the next Calvin Klein show, maybe I'll feel for the designers who worry about the legality of excluding anorexics.