Model agencies in UK ban models from using sunbeds
A number of UK model agencies have imposed a No Sunbed policy, banning their models from using them to get a tan.
Some of the top agencies in the UK – Storm, Elite, Premier Model Management, Next, Models 1, FM, Nevs, Oxygen, Union, First and D1 – are now advising their models to have spray tans instead.
The ban coincides with today’s start of London Fashion Week and is part of the R UV UGLY? campaign which has been launched by Cancer Research UK.
The zero-tolerance approach will mean that the agencies involved will not consider representing a model that uses a sunbed and that includes existing models and new signings.
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Cancer Research UK has described the agreements as a “groundbreaking act of unity”.
The charity’s aim of the R UV UGLY? campaign was to draw attention to the damage using sunbeds can have, on both appearance and health.
It is estimated that using a sunbed for the first time before the age of 35 increases the users risk of malignant melanoma by a staggering 75 percent.
Additionally, studies have revealed the chance of developing melanoma is upped by 50 percent if someone uses a sunbed once a month or more.
Melanoma is also the second most common cancer among 15-34 year olds.
Commenting on the campaign, Chris Lunn, Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign manager, said: “We’re delighted that leading model agencies are backing our R UV UGLY? campaign.
“Using sunbeds can make your skin coarse, leathery and wrinkly. The UV rays from a sunbed can also damage the DNA in your skin.
“Over time, this damage can build up and may lead to melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. So, if you feel you must have a tan, it is safer to fake it.”
Meanwhile, the Managin Director of Storm Model Management, Sarah Doukas added: “Storm Model Management is pleased to support Cancer Research UK’s R UV UGLY? campaign and the No Sunbed Policy for model agencies.
“Supporting this campaign makes perfect sense as the wellbeing of our models is of paramount importance and we take a serious approach to their health.
"We do not advocate the use of sunbeds for any of our models, and recommend that they choose safer options if they require a tan - spray tans are easy to apply and can last a week,” she said.
Michelangelo Chiacchio, the CEO of Elite Model Management London also said: “We hope that this will help to send out a strong message to young girls and guys, that sunbeds will have a negative impact on their appearance.
“We strive to support the health of our models and will never condone the use of sunbeds for any job; instead we will always try to arrange for a spray tan should it be necessary.”
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”