Speaking on a panel at the Harvard Business School, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors and Natalia Vodianova discussed the CFDA Health Initiative and its efforts to promote the well-being of models working in the industry. Health Matters: Weight in Wellness in the Word of Fashion which was organized by The Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, gave each panelist the opportunity to share their insights and thoughts from inside the fashion industry with a crowd of 1,000.
Kors publicaly declared that he would honor the CFDA Health Initiative guideline of not working with models under the age of 16 in runway presentations and Wintour recounted April’s Vogue story of model Kim Noorda’s moving account of her struggle with food issues and how, through treatment and support from CFDA, she has gained the confidence to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Vodianova bravely shared her own struggles with eating disorders and praised the CFDA for its efforts to create stronger self-esteem among models.
The event was moderated by Dr. David Herzog, the Director of The Harris Center and attended by model Doutzen Kroes, casting agent James Scully, CFDA Executive Director Steven Kolb and Vogue staff including Health Editor Abigail Walch and Bookings Editor Valerie Bolster.