'We don't have that problem here': Skinny models not to be banned in NZ

New Zealand won't be following in the footsteps of France in banning ultra-skinny models, says fashion designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet.

Fashion designer Denise L'Estrange Corbet on French plans to ban ultra-thin models from the country's catwalks Source: Breakfast

French parliament, on April 4, banned the use of ultra-thin models in an effort to fight an industry scourge of diseases such as anorexia.

The move means hefty fines or even jail for designers and agents who hire models who don't meet minimum body mass measurements.

In its proposed form, models such as Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen and Elle MacPherson would be banned from the runway.

Ms L'Estrange-Corbet, the co-founder of World, says the skinny model ban is sending the right message to models with eating disorders.

"It's a start of something that will be taken on by other countries...but we don't have that problem here" she told Breakfast this morning.

Ms L'Estrange-Corbet says New Zealand doesn't use particularly skinny models but says she has turned down models for being too skinny.

She says modelling agencies in New Zealand don't promote models who have eating disorders.