The Sunbed Association fights back against LFW sunbed ban
The Sunbed Association has spoken out against the Cancer Research's R UV UGLY? campaign, which has seen the fashion industry's top models banned from using sunbeds. Gary Lipman, chairman of The Sunbed Association, said that while the group welcomes advice and education about the need to avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, the campaign is 'unworthy' of an organisation like Cancer Research UK. He said: 'Cancer Research's work should be based on scientific and medical fact. 'We really must separate fact from propaganda. This campaign relies on interview-based recollections not clinical data. Indeed research studies designed to prove a link between sunbed use and melanoma have found no link at all.' The campaign was launched ahead of London Fashion Week, which kicks off today [February 17], and has seen some of Britain's leading model agencies sign up to a 'no sunbed' policy for their models. Model agencies Next, Storm, Elite, Premier Model Management, Oxygen and Union have said they have committed themselves to a zero-tolerance approach to sunbed use for all their models.