Model from Vice Suicide Shoot Speaks Out
The Internet went into riot-mode early this week when Vice released a fashion spread entitled "Last Words" (which has since been removed from its website) from its Women in Fiction issue. The theme? Female writers who had committed suicide, depicted at the moment of their demise--while simultaneously showcasing the latest designer clothing. Pure class. Jezebel's Jenna Sauers spoke to Paige Morgan, the model who portrayed beat poet Elise Cowen in the editorial, to find out whether the faces of the controversial shoot knew what they were getting into. The revelations made in their conversation speak as much to Vice's lack of judgment as it does to the treatment of models in the fashion industry as a whole.
Street Style Snaps From New York Fashion Week: Day One
It might be freezing out, but that isn't going to stop our top street stylers from bringing their A game to the tents! It's just day one and we're already impressed by the bloggers, journalists, and designers we snapped today. Click through and find your style inspiration.
What Model Doc Girl Model Reveals About the Fashion Industry, and What the Model Alliance is Doing About It
Clips of Girl Model, the ominous looking documentary about a 13-year-old Siberian girl’s foray into the world of modeling, more than piqued our interest when they popped up in March. And while we’d explored the murky back story of the film, we’d yet to see it in it’s entirety. So, naturally, we jumped at the chance to watch the full film at a special ‘fashion industry’ screening last week, hosted by the Model Alliance at the Sunshine Theater in New York. So did industry insiders like Natalie Joos, Scott Lipps, Milla Jovovich, along with a slew of models. Even before Girl Model was released, it caused quite a stir for touching upon such heated subjects as models’ ages, rights and working conditions, which the fashion industry has, in the past, tended to ignore or overlook. But thanks to organizations like the Model Alliance--and films like Girl Model--that's changing. Models’ working conditions and rights are finally being addressed by people in positions to actually enforce changes. And after watching this film, it’s clear that this new found awareness is coming not a moment too soon. Read on for our take on the film, plus find out what Model Alliance directors Sara Ziff and Jenna Sauers had to say about it.
Editors at 12 Magazine Defend Their 'Beauty' Editorial Featuring Brutally Injured Women
Last week we posted an editorial that appeared in 12 magazine called "Victim of Beauty", featuring close-up shots of perfectly made-up models sporting
The Model Alliance's Industry Survey Finds Nearly 30% of Models Have Been Sexually Harassed and 50% Exposed to Cocaine
The modeling industry is largely unregulated: Models are independent contractors without basic employment rights like workplace protection and minimum age and wage requirements. That's why the Model Alliance, established to improve models' working conditions as well as provide a safe space for models to communicate with one another about their rights, created one of the first surveys we've seen to offer an analysis of models' experiences. "When Sara [Ziff, the founder of the Model Alliance] and I were just starting to think about ways we could organize models, and how we might go about working for fairer labor standards in the industry, we realized we first needed to know how models viewed their working conditions, and where models themselves saw room for improvement," Jenna Sauers, who sits on the board of the Model Alliance, said. "We did the survey because we wanted a map, basically." Granted, the sample size is pretty small (the Alliance sent an anonymous online survey to 241 working models, and only 85 responded) but still, it offers a little window into what life is like as a working model. Some of the results aren't that surprising (most models begin working at age 13-19, most of them have been told to lose weight by their agencies), but others are downright horrifying.
Marc Jacobs Defends Non-Payment of Models on Twitter: 'If They Don't Want To Work W/ Us, They Don't Have To'
To get you up to speed, Jezebel ran a piece today called "Marc Jacobs Doesn't Pay His Models, Says Model." The model they're referring to is Hailey Hasbrook, a 17-year-old from Oregon, who keeps a blog in which she detailed her experiences working during New York Fashion Week last month, which she also spoke about briefly in an interview with WWD. Of particular interest is her account of working with Marc Jacobs. And while she says she had fun and everyone was really nice, there were definitely some rules broken. Jenna Sauers points out that Marc Jacobs violated (another) CFDA guideline which asks that under-18 models not be kept working past midninght.
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Our Top 5 Street Style Snaps from New York Fashion Week: Day 8 (Last Day!)
New York Fashion Week: It's over! Phew! Peep the last of our super duper fly street style subjects: artist Terence Koh, Jezebel writer Jenna Sauers
Models Have Rights Too: Learn Why Coco Rocha, Crystal Renn and More are Lending Their Support to the Model Alliance
Last night loads of leggy models--A-listers like Shalom Harlow, Doutzen Kroes, Coco Rocha and Crystal Renn among them--gathered at the Standard in the Meatpacking to sip free vodka drinks over loud music. At first glance, a typical fashion party. Only it wasn't. These models were gathered to celebrate the launch of the Model Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by Sara Ziff dedicated to "helping models in the American fashion industry organize for safe, fair, and healthy standards in their workplace."