CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg is calling for all models to be carded before being allowed to walk in shows at New York Fashion Week this September. The legal age limit in the US is 16, but last season DVF herself came under fire after “inadvertently” allowing a 15-year-old model to appear in her show, so her letter on the CFDA website is possibly partly designed to show that the designer is taking the issue seriously.
“In our continuing quest to protect the models that we work with, we have updated the CFDA Health Initiative guidelines to recommend that models be asked for i.d. to ensure that they are at least 16 years old on the day of a show,” writes Von Furstenberg. “The casting agents for the Diane von Furstenberg show will be doing this and we encourage others to do the same.”
Makes sense to us, not just because it seems obvious that if a girl is too young to legally work, she shouldn’t be working, but because so many of the issues surrounding runway models seem to stem, not from the fact that they’re thin, but from the fact that they are essentially still children, with the figures to match. Children aren’t the ones buying designer clothing (or most of them aren’t, anyway), so it seems strange that they’d be the ones modelling it, for many reasons.
Read Diane Von Furstenberg’s full statement here.[Image: PRPhotos.com]