It's a big day for the modeling community, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has signed a bill into law recognizing child models as child performers. This places them under the same labor protections as child actors, including dictating how many hours they can work, how often they can work and how late they can be kept at a job.
The law was proposed and passed in June of this year after pressure from fashion industry leaders, specifically the Model Alliance. The Alliance, a watchdog network of models and industry insiders founded by Sara Ziff, has pushed for more rights and legal protection for models, including a model union.
The bill was also supported by several outspoken models including Coco Rocha, who testified with her own negative experiences as a young model at a press conference this past summer. "For children and young teens who just want to please, the pressure to succumb to demands from adults is often damaging and life altering," she said at the time.
Now with this legislation signed into law, models under the age of 18 are hopefully protected from those pressures. According to the New York Times, designers wishing to hire underage models for their shows will have to submit paperwork, monitor their hours and even possibly provide them with tutors, chaperones and trust accounts.
Hopefully this will dissuade brands and designers from working with such young models, as well as providing protection to the ones who still get hired.
The law goes into effect in New York in 30 days, meaning it will impact designers and models for this coming Fashion Week in February 2014.
Even youngsters model:
Sailor Brinkley Cook, daughter of Christie Brinkley
Hudson Kroenig, son of Brad Kroenig, at the Chanel Fall/Winter 2013 Show
Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford's daughter, modeling Versace
Dannielynn Birkhead, daughter of Anna Nicole Smith, modeling Guess
Liv Tyler & Mia Tyler, daughters of Bebe Buell & Cyrinda Fox & Steven Tyler
Daisy Lowe, daughter of Pearl Lowe & Gavin Rossdale, on the cover of InStyle
Alexandra & Theodora Richards, daughters of Patti Hansen & Keith Richards, modeling for Eleven Paris
Neva Vodianova Portman, daughter of Natalia Vodianova, modeling for Caramel Baby and Child
(Caramel Baby and Child)
Anja Ambrosio, daughter of Alessandra Ambrosio, modeling London Fog
Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger, modeling for Hudson Jeans
Pixie Geldof, daughter of Paula Yates & Bob Geldof, on the cover of Tatler
Ruby Stewart, daughter of Kelly Emberg & Rod Stewart, modeling for Ultimo
Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Jerry Hall & Mick Jagger, modeling for Rimmel
Amber le Bon, daughter of Yasmin Parvaneh & Simon le Bon
Lily McMenamy, daughter of Kristen McMenamy
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, daughter of Isabella Rossellini, modeling for Lancome
Sharon Elcock of Parents Magazine takes you behind the scene of how she chooses a child model for the magazine's stories.