With dark eyes, full lips and never-ending legs, Caroline Pires had little difficulty getting into the modeling industry. Spotted on a New York street by a model scout when she was 12, Pires quickly landed a highly coveted Ralph Lauren campaign. But when she turned 16, Pires started to "fill out." She had curves that weren't there before -- and clients weren't happy.
"I was now a size 2, and I definitely had hips," the 5'11 brunette who has had a recurring role on Army Wives told IBTimes. "That was considered unacceptable."
Clients would call Pires in after seeing her pictures, but she didn't fit into the size 0 or 00 clothes they wanted her to put on. "I lost out many times because they didn't think I was thin enough."
This week Pires, now 20, and others in the fashion industry, are debating the merits of a new law passed in Israel banning skinny models with a Body Mass Index -- weight divided by height -- lower than 18.5. Aimed at curbing eating disorders among young women, the law also requires advertisers to disclose if models have been digitally altered in Photoshop to make them look thinner.