CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg caused a stir last year when 15-year-old Hailey Clauson walked in the designer's Fall 2011 show, going against the CFDA's guideline that models must be at least 16 years of age. But don't expect that to happen again this year. Or ever.
In a press release reiterating the CFDA's recommended Health Initiative Guidelines, the designer has pledged that "any model walking in the Diane von Furstenberg runway will have shown i.d. prior to the show." And she's hoping other designers will follow suit: The CFDA's guidelines are recommending that all models be i.d.'d before walking, and that designers should avoid models under the age of 18 working past midnight.
In addition to reinforcing these stipulations, the CFDA sent out a lengthy list of signs that someone may have an eating disorder, in an effort to raise awareness, and prevent the exacerbation of the disease within the modeling community. "Designers share a responsibility to protect women, and very young girls in particular, within the business, sending the message that beauty is health." Amen to that.
You can read the full set of guidelines below.
- 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.