Marc Jacobs Defies CFDA, Has Underage Models Walk In Fall Show
According to an article by Wilson today, at least two of the models who walked in Jacobs’ show were younger than 16. Last month Diane von Furstenberg sent out a letter to reenforce the CFDA‘s recommendation that 16 be the absolute minimum age for runway models during New York Fashion Week. A dozen agencies signed a pledge agreeing to keep underage girls (and boys) off the catwalk, though Ford Models did not.
Jacobs used Ford to cast 14-year-old Thairine Garcia and 15-year-old Ondria Hardin (who also walked for Jacobs last season) in his show. The designer, who is indeed a member of the CFDA, told the Times that he doesn’t think much of the guidelines:
“I do the show the way I think it should be and not the way somebody tells me it should be. If their parents are willing to let them do a show, I don’t see any reason that it should be me who tells them that they can’t…There are children actors and children models for catalogs and stuff, so I guess if a parent thinks it’s O.K. and a kid wants to do it, it’s fine.”
Check out Garcia (on the left) and Hardin in last night’s show: