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Vogue Adopts a 16-and-Over Modeling Rule

Not sure why this took them so long, or why they even needed a “rule” in the first place, but at least the various Vogue editors are finally recognizing that models for their so-called women’s magazines should probably be old enough to drive. Via the NYT:

Beginning with their June issues, the editors of the 19 international editions of Vogue magazine have made a pact to stop using models under age 16 or those who, from the viewpoint of the editors, appear to have an eating disorder.

In a somewhat unusual announcement, unusual in that the magazines are wading into a controversial issue, the Condé Nast International chairman, Jonathan Newhouse, said on Thursday, “Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the well-being of their readers.”

More at the link.

Underage Ford Models Walked for Marc Jacobs

Via tFS:

Even though the CFDA issued a recommendation to designers urging them not to use models younger than 16 in their shows, two 14-year-olds walked the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 runway last night. Thairine Garcia and Ondria Hardin are both represented by Ford Models, the only agency that reportedly included under-16 models in its show package. Apart from some bad press, thwarting the CFDA’s initiative to improve protection to models in the fashion industry won’t have any real consequences for either Ford or Marc Jacobs.

Whew. Teenagers might be temperamental and sometimes hard to work with, but Marc Jacobs’ runway show couldn’t have gone on without these young models. The looks they showed exuded a kind of girlish charm and effervescence that would have been lost on a past-her-prime 16-year-old.


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The workers control the means of production?

Via the Guardian:

The writings of famous American radical and leftist community organiser Saul Alinsky are not the first things that come to mind when thinking about the plight of models working in the New York fashion industry.

Sara Ziff is aiming to change that.

Ziff, a New Yorker who has walked catwalks for Prada and Calvin Klein, will next week launch a workers’ rights organisation aiming to improve the lot of a section of the American workforce usually more associated with glamour than poor working conditions: the modelling industry.

Ziff, 29, gives lie to the prejudice that models are just pretty faces. She has studied at Columbia University in New York, where she specialised in political science and came across Alinsky and other heroes of the American anti-poverty and workers rights’ movements. “I think that Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals made a very big impression on me,” she said. “There is a sense that fashion is frivolous and a lot of people don’t understand models wanting to organise for for better labour conditions. They probably see the profession as a privilege,” she added.

So here comes Ziff’s brainchild: the Model Alliance. It will start its membership drive from its launch date of February 6, aiming to sign as many as 1,500 models working in the New York industry.

Its aims are simple. They are to protect working models from exploitation, especially from sexual abuse, and to improve the lot of its members in terms of pay and working conditions. It has drawn up a “Models’ Bill of Rights”.

More at the link.

Mandatory viewing for aspiring fashion models.


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