Attention all stylists and editors, working rights for models are about to change – The Industry gets the lowdown.
As London Fashion Week looms, the ill treatment of models is an issue that only seems more pertinent. The trade union for models met on Tuesday to propose new guidelines for their employment. This includes a 10-point code detailing the appropriate treatment of models in the working environment:
1. Maximum 10-hour working day with a one hour break
2. Suitable meals laid on
3. Expenses for journeys of 10 miles or more travel
4. Respect and dignity towards models at all times
5. No long-lasting change of appearance (including hair) unless agreed
6. Nudity or semi-nudity must be approved in advance
7. Private changing area and bathroom facilities
8. Studio temperature must be at least 21 degrees
9. Insurance cover and prompt payment
10. Models aged under 16 will not be used in photo shoots representing adults
This aligns with a Vogue initiative co-headed by Industry member, Alexandra Shulman earlier this year. The programme – signed by 19 international Vogue editors – vows to ensure that all models used by Vogue are well cared for and educated in a way that encourages them to look after their health.