The CFDA is pleased to announce the creation of the CFDA Health Initiative Ambassador program with DNA Model Management and IMG Models signing on to participate. The Ambassador program identifies experienced models to serve as mentors to their younger peers. Top model Stella Tennant, represented by DNA, was the program’s inaugural Ambassador. On Monday afternoon, she hosted a meeting for younger DNA models where she shared her insight and advice based on her own experiences in the industry. Also fielding questions from the young models were Health Initiative consultant Dr. David Herzog, professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at Mass. General Hospital, and the CFDA’s Steven Kolb. About 30 young models participated in an open discussion where girls spoke about issues such as the food options provided backstage, late night fittings, and the struggle of learning to cook when they first leave home. Stella answered questions and discussed choices that she made in her career, including the decision to have a family and take time off, and encouraged the girls to stay true to their sense of self. DNA owner, David Bonnouvrier, has been a supporter of the Health Initiative since its founding four years ago. We look forward to continuing the series with IMG hosting the next meeting. The mission of the Ambassador program is to encourage honest feedback so the Health Initiative can respond with programming that supports the well being of models and provides them with the tools to make healthy decisions in their lives.