Spanish fashion show rejects too-skinny models MADRID, Spain - Spains top fashion show has turned away a slew of models on grounds they are too skinny an unprecedented swipe at body images blamed for encouraging eating disorders among young people. Organizers of the pageant, known as the Pasarela Cibeles, used a mathematical formula to calculate the models body mass index a measure of their weight in relation to their height and 30 percent of the women flunked, said the Association of Fashion Designers of Spain. The association said Friday it wanted models at the show running from Sept. 18-22 to project an image of beauty and health and shun a gaunt, emaciated look. The decision was made as part of a voluntary agreement with the Madrid regional government, said Jesus del Pozo, a designer who is part of the association, said Thursday. Last years show, also called Madrid Fashion Week, drew protests from medical associations and womens advocacy groups because some of the models were positively bone-thin. 'Mirrors for many young women' This time the Madrid regional government decided to intervene and pressure organizers to hire fuller-figured women as role models for young girls obsessed with being thin and prone to starving themselves into sickness, said Concha Guerra, deputy finance minister of the regional administration. Fashion shows, Guerra said, are mirrors for many young women. Del Pozo said this was the first time skinny models have been snubbed at a major international fashion show.