Friday, February 08, 2008

The Anorexia Cook-off

Slurp it up liberally:
Five of Milan's top models showed off their culinary skills on Friday to boost the Italian fashion industry's campaign against anorexia.

The cooking contest, staged at Milan's School of Italian Cuisine a week before Milan Fashion Week, was won by 24-year-old Brazilian model Shalana Santana.

.....She won with what judges described as a ''particularly elaborate'' version of a high-class restaurant dish, lentil and cod stew.

.... Last year the Italian fashion world adopted an anti-anorexia code as part of a drive to fight the message that ultra-thin is beautiful.

A key requirement of the new code is that models have a body mass index of at least 18.5, slightly above the figure laid down by the World Health Organization as marking the line between 'normal' and 'underweight'.

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