I'm going to get serious here for a moment. There is so much chatter (for many years) regarding the image portrayed by fashion models, what that image does to the psyche of so many women, and the health of the models themselves. Thankfully, changes are coming for modeling standards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. (CFDA) CFDA president, and ever fabulous designer/inspiring woman, Diane Von Furstenberg
Other new guidelines include:
• Educate the industry to identify the early warning signs in an individual at risk of developing an eating disorder.
• Encourage models who may have an eating disorder to seek professional help in order to continue modeling. And models who are receiving professional help for an eating disorder should not continue modeling without that professional’s approval.
• Develop workshops for the industry (including models and their families) on the nature of eating disorders, how they arise, how we identify and treat them, and complications if they are untreated.
• Support the well-being of younger individuals by not hiring models under the age of sixteen for runway shows; not allowing models under the age of eighteen to work past midnight at fittings or shoots; checking IDs to ensure that models are the appropriate age; providing regular breaks and rest. Consult the applicable labor laws found at www.labor.state.ny.us when working with models under sixteen.
• Supply healthy meals, snacks, and water backstage and at shoots and provide nutrition and fitness education.
• Promote a healthy backstage environment by raising the awareness of the impact of smoking and tobacco-related disease among women, ensuring a smoke-free environment, and address underage drinking by prohibiting alcohol.
I love that these changes are being made and hope that this makes a difference!