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Last Updated: Monday February 12 2007 08:50 GMT

Model concerns over fashion week

Model on a catwalk

London Fashion Week has got under way but this year the focus isn't only on the clothes - it's also on the models who are wearing them.

Lots of people are worried that skinny models are a bad influence on young people who worry about their weight.

Recently, fashion bosses in Italy and Spain banned the use of child models and those who were too skinny.

Now an important MP wants models in London Fashion Week to have health checks before they take to the catwalk.

But Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell added that it was important not to penalise girls who were "fortunate enough to stay skinny while eating normally".

And, judging by the hundreds of texts and emails we've been getting, it seems loads of you agree with her.

Lots of you think people of all shapes and sizes should be allowed to model

MJ in North Harrow said: "Skinny models are a bad influence, but if they're naturally skinny, how can they help it?

"The only thing that really matters is that you get a balanced diet, enough exercise, and enjoy life!"

Think for yourself

Aimee, 10, in Colchester said she thought everybody should be treated the same.

"It doesn't matter what they look like, it matters what they are on the inside."

Meanwhile, Nadia in Wolverhampton said people shouldn't be so easily influenced.

"They should think for themselves, so if the models want to be thin it's their life at the end of the day.

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