Celebrating 50 years, and also on the eve of their annual, Awards showcase (which takes place this year, on Tuesday, June 5th at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall), I thought it apropo to take a second look at the CFDA's stance on health initiatives for models working within the fashion industry!
Back in January, CFDA President, Diane Von Furstenberg issued an industry-wide email, which included a set of 'guidelines' for models being booked for New York Fashion Week... these were her words:
"The guidelines recommend that models be asked for i.d. to ensure that they are at least 16 years old on the day of a show and that you avoid having models under the age of eighteen to work past midnight at fittings. On behalf of The Model Alliance (http://modelalliance.org) we also encourage you to consider model privacy and to have the photographers cleared for first looks.
"Top modeling agencies – including DNA, Elite, Ford, IMG, Marilyn, New York Models, Next, One, Supreme, Trump, Wilhelmina, Women and Women Direct – have again pledged that they will not send out models under the age of 16 for shows. The industry must work together to support this and insist that models show i.d. to casting agents or to someone on the production team. Any model walking in the Diane von Furstenberg runway will have shown i.d. prior to the show.
"We do impact the lives of women and we can set a strong example of a well balanced life on our runways."
When I heard about this, I applauded Von Furstenberg and those working with her -and the CFDA- for taking a stance on such issues, and I think that it's always great to continue spreading good news such as this!
Moreover, I personally feel as though ALL MODELS (male and female), should be at least '18 years old,' before they begin working in the fashion industry, because -to me- 18 is the age when they should be done with high-school, at a peak developmental level (physically), and are considered to be 'of age' by most state and federal regulations... and it only makes sense! But again, everyone doesn't think the same way that I do; I digress!
Even though there might be a few models who are 'younger than 18,' that might have great and outstanding potential in the industry, we -as professionals- should utilize those tender years (between the ages of 16-18 years old, if we must), to develop the model... and once they turn 18, and are done with high-school, THEN send them out into the world.
...Or maybe it's just me?! LOL... Either way, God Bless Us All, xoxo!
***The yearlong celebration of the CFDA’s 50th Anniversary kicked off in February with the exhibition opening at the Museum at F.I.T. titled IMPACT: Fifty Years of the CFDA and the companion book IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America which explores the impact of America’s most influential designers over the last five decades.
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