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: