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By US Desk
Fri, 10, 19

Concerns have been raised about the impact that diet, detox and cosmetic surgery content can have on young people....

Instagram tightens restrictions on diet posts

Instagram has announced that tighter restrictions are to be imposed on some posts related to diet products and cosmetic surgery.

Concerns have been raised about the impact that diet, detox and cosmetic surgery content can have on young people, their mental health and body image.

Under new rules, posts that promote the use of certain weight-loss products or cosmetic procedures, which have an incentive to buy or include a price, will be hidden from users known to be under 18.

In addition, any content that made a “miraculous” claim about a diet or weight-loss product and was linked to a commercial offer, such as a discount code, would now be removed from Instagram.

Gucci’s “Offensive” use of straitjackets

Gucci model Ayesha Tan-Jones staged a mental health protest at Milan fashion week. The show opened with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor belt, wearing a high fashion take on straitjackets. However, in an intervention that wasn’t planned, Ayesha Tan-Jones held up her hands on which the words “mental health is not fashion” had been written. The model later described the use of straitjackets as “hurtful and insensitive” having experience struggles with mental health and knowing people affected. They added that straitjackets are “a symbol of a cruel time in medicine when mental illness was not understood”.

Leather protest at Paris Fashion Week

As Paris fashion week kicked off, animal rights activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested in front of the Eiffel Tower against the use of leather in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, millions of animals are still killed each year for their skins. Leather is considered as the most environmentally damaging material because of the slaughter waste, water, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions involved in producing it.