It is five years ago that we started The CFDA Health Initiative. We are so thankful for the industry’s support and are proud of the positive changes we have made. This season we must continue to celebrate diversity and embrace the message that Health is Beauty. It is important that we share these values with the world.
Please review our recommended Health Initiative Guidelines, information on labor laws and the signs of eating disorders at www.cfda.com/health-initiative. The guidelines recommend that models be asked for i.d. to ensure that they are at least 16 years old on the day of a show and that you avoid having models under the age of eighteen to work past midnight at fittings. On behalf of The Model Alliance (http://modelalliance.org) we also encourage you to consider model privacy and to have the photographers cleared for first looks.
Top modeling agencies – including DNA, Elite, Ford, IMG, Marilyn, New York Models, Next, One, Supreme, Trump, Wilhelmina, Women and Women Direct – have again pledged that they will not send out models under the age of 16 for shows. The industry must work together to support this and insist that models show i.d. to casting agents or to someone on the production team. Any model walking in the Diane von Furstenberg runway will have shown i.d. prior to the show.
We do impact the lives of women and we can set a strong example of a well balanced life on our runways.
Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb