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Advocates for models’ labor rights can put another feather in their Saint Laurent cap today, as British Vogue has just announced that they’ve signed a 10-point code of conduct with UK trade union Equity to govern their treatment of models. But how effective will it be? And is there any hope of industry leaders and magazine editors in the USA following suit?
The Model Alliance has released a sobering report detailing some of the the dangers that the modeling industry’s lack of regulation imposes on workers’ health and safety.
This did not look like a labor rally. But that is, in effect, what it really was.
Because there’s no such thing as giving this issue too much airtime, check out this video of Crystal Renn and model-turned-documentary filmmaker Sara Ziff talking about the dearth of size (and race) diversity on the runways with the head of Fordham’s Fashion Law Institute Susan Scafidi. Renn makes quite possibly the most solid point about the whole issue in arguing that if designers actually showed their clothes on a wide variety of models, people would stop looking at the models and look only at the clothes.
Sara Ziff is a woman on a mission. A former model turned documentary filmmaker, the 28-year-old is now working with Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute to establish a model alliance in the hopes of regulating the industry and providing support and better working conditions for models.
We wrote last week how much we think everyone in the fashion industry — and a healthy share of people outside of it — should see “Picture Me,” Sara Ziff’s documentary about what it’s really like to be a model. During New York Fashion Week, Ziff went backstage for The Cut to talk with models and industry about issues from how young models are when they start working to how much or how little they’re allowed to eat.
The shady, predatory side of the industry is the one former model Sara Ziff, above, wanted to portray in her new film Picture Me: A Model’s Diary, which chronicles five years in the lives of a group of models and follows them backstage and beneath the makeup. The movie (or at least the trailer) reveals a world of women who are treated more like robots than human beings.