Looks like Ali Michael isn't the only model speaking out against the intense pressure to be thin in the the modeling industry - The CFDA's holding a panel discussion at Milk Studios next Tuesday, where Coco, Diane von Furstenberg, and Michael Kors will lead a discussion called "The Beauty of Health". We're glad another model besides Ali has decided to speak up about what really goes on behind the scenes. We think, the more that do, the less we can all ignore it. And considering Coco walked in nearly ever major show last Fashion Week, there shouldn't be any useless criticism claiming models only come forward after suffering lackluster show seasons.
CFDA Releases This Season's Health Initiative Guidelines
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.