Proud2Bme | The Model Alliance: A Revolutionary Force in Fashion

The Model Alliance: A Revolutionary Force in Fashion

Join us TODAY, February 22nd at 1 p.m. EST for a Twitter chat with fashion powerhouses The Model Alliance, Emme and Carre Otis! Follow the hashtag #NEDAwareness.

A new organization is giving models a unified voice to stand up for their rights and demand healthier working conditions.

"For too long, there has been a myopic disregard for the modeling industry’s systemic abuses of its workforce.  While I have been very fortunate in my modeling career, I have also seen firsthand how the industry often disregards child labor law, lacks financial transparency, encourages eating disorders, and blindly tolerates sexual abuse in the workplace," writes filmmaker and Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff in her Introductory Note about the organization. "The lucrative careers of high-profile supermodels misrepresent the reality for most working models, who are young, mostly female, and uniquely vulnerable."

We are so on board with this initiative, which has already published a draft of a Models' Bill of Rights and created partnerships with the Actors' Equity and the American Guild of Musical Artists so that models can confidentially report instances of unsafe working conditions, such as abuse and sexual harassment.

Eating disorders are a huge problem in an industry where the pressures are high and the weight requirements are often dangerously low. Since 2007, the CFDA has issued yearly guidelines with suggestions about how designers and agents can protect the health of models during Fashion Week. But they don't go far enough. We are hopeful that the Model Alliance will make real strides in setting enforcable industry-wide standards.

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