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Model Alliance logoTwo years ago, Sara Ziff’s documentary Picture Me took audiences behind the fashion industry’s glamorous façade to provide a glimpse of the seedier side of life as a fashion model, with first-hand, direct-to-camera accounts of sexual and financial exploitation, and the objectification of models. More recently, Channel 4’s fly-on-the-wall series The Model Agency raised questions about model agents’ duty of care to the vulnerable young girls they have on their books.

Now Ziff has launched the Model Alliance, a non-profit organisation that “provides a platform for models and leaders in the fashion industry to organize to radically improve the conditions under which models work”. The initiative, which is focused on supporting models in the United States, has attracted support from high-profile names like Coco Rocha and Diane von Furstenberg.

By contrast, here in the UK (where models are eligible to join the Equity union), there has been some bad news ahead of London Fashion Week: Erin O’Connor’s Model Sanctuary will not be operating this season, due to difficulties in securing a venue. In a statement on the Model Sanctuary website, Erin indicates that she hopes the Sanctuary will be back in September with a permanent home.

Written by Jack

February 3rd, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Posted in Industry

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