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Statement from the Sunbed Association

All efforts to ensure responsible tanning should be welcomed, particularly in Liverpool where the city has a historic problem with underage tanning.

Our own membership research shows that underage tanning is not a nationwide issue and we are currently in liaison with Liverpool City Council to help them deal with this local issue.

The decision by the organisers of Liverpool Fashion Week (LFW) to deny models the opportunity to work in these difficult economic times because of their freedom of choice to use sunbeds, is really quite outrageous as a publicity stunt, which London Fashion Week also tried a couple of years ago.

And the smell of hypocrisy here is head spinning. Anorexia and drug use are two serious health issues with recorded fatal consequences that remain prevalent within the modelling industry and surely LFW organisers would be better placed focussing on these issues.

“In my opinion, for a publicity stunt it would actually have been more appropriate to ban models from wearing high heels, which poses more of a health hazard than responsible sunbed use.”

– Gary Lipman, Chairman of The Sunbed Association

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Statistics on sunbed usage in Liverpool

A campaign to reduce the number of teenage girls using sunbeds in Liverpool is being launched. Liverpool City Council have published these statistics about sunbed use:

  • 50% of girls in Liverpool aged 15-17 have used a sunbed before
  • The national average in the 15-17 age range is 11%
  • 40% of sunbed users aged 11-17 in Liverpool use them at least once a week
  • Teenage girls and their mothers in Liverpool felt using the sunbed 2-3 times a week between 3-6 minutes was 'normal' and 'safe'
  • The average age girls start using the sunbed in Liverpool is between 13-14

Campaign to reduce teenage sunbed use in Liverpool

A swimwear model using a sunbed. Credit: PA Photos

A campaign to reduce the number of teenage girls using sunbeds is being launched in Liverpool. Half of young women between 15 and 17 are believed to have used them.

Liverpool City Council says the national average is just 11%. They also say the average age girls start using sunbeds in Liverpool is between 13 and 14.