VIP Class Notes (Lily) [R]


1.jargon= 术语
ex: the doctors will use lots of jargons when they speak to each other.

2. anorexia (noun)= 厌食症
anorexic(adj)= 厌食的
ex: if she’s anorexic, then she doesn’t like food and she will very likely be underweight.

3. counterpart= 与对方地位相当的人/群体
ex: French model agencies are constantly in competition with their European counterparts.

4. bulimia= 暴食症
ex: I used to suffer with bulimia, I would eat a lot for one meal.

5. retarded= 变态的
retard= 变态
ex: If I eat too much, I will try to vomit it out, I think it’s retarded.

6. traveling expense= 差旅费
ex: If my student can cover my traveling expense, then I can teach her anywhere.

7. cover (verb)= the company will just pay it
ex: When I asked my mom to come to take care of my baby, I covered her flight tickets and living expense.

8. reimburse (verb)= you provide the receipt and get your money back
ex: the company will reimburse my taxi and dinner if I clock out after 8:30pm.

9. listed company= 上市公司
ex: Estee Lauder is a listed company in America.


When they talk about fashion in Paris, the world listens. Let’s see if that remains the case when the conversation is about skinny models. France has unexpectedly adopted a law making it a criminal offence to employ very thin women on the catwalk.

The law, which is part of a broader Health Bill, requires models to show they have a Body Mass Index(BMI) above a particular level. The World Health Organisation says people whose BMI is below 18.5 are underweight and at risk of being malnourished.

And the buck stops withmodelling agents. They face fines and six months in jail if they break the rules.

The proposal was tabled by Olivier Veran, an MP who is also a neurologist. He said: “This will help protect our adolescents at risk, because teenagers are under social pressure from the image these models convey to always be thinner and thinner.”

The measure tries to address the issue of body image in a country where an estimated 40,000 people suffer from anorexia. And 90% of those affected are women and girls.

But the fashion industry is not happy. Their arguments against the ban question the health case but also say it’s bad for business. France’s agencies union Synam says that the law confuses anorexia with some people’s natural tendency to be very thin. It also says: “French model agencies are constantly in competition with their European counterparts. As a result, a European approach is essential.”

France’s new law may make fashionistas finally stop and think about the unhealthy side of the industry, but the country is not a pioneer when it comes to imposing limits on models’ weight. Israel adopted a similar ban in 2013 and Spain and Italy have set some voluntary standards on the issue.