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”.
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