Vogue Magazine has sent a clear message to the fashion community, that under age models are out of style.
In a landmark decision for the magazine, Vogue have declared that they will no longer employ models under the age of 18.
Vogue writer Maya Singer wrote about the problem for the September issue of the magazine, in an article entitled ‘Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard‘
Singer highlights the story of Pasha Harulia, a model who was just 15 when she entered the industry. ‘She wasn’t (interested in modelling) but at her mother’s urging, she agreed to give it a shot.‘
Harulia’s subsequent experiences of exploitation and overwork are both cautionary and saddening, but they are not unique. “It was like, how do you say it—like someone wiped the floor with me,” Harulia recalls. “And then threw me away.”
How did we get here? How did the fashion industry become so reliant on the labor of teenagers? What’s striking about Harulia’s story is how typical it is.
Cara Taylor began modeling at fourteen. Imaan Hammam was thirteen when she was spotted near an Amsterdam train station. Andreea Diaconu was an unusually tall eleven-year-old when scouts started circling.
These girls are a few of the lucky ones; resilient Harulia signed with blue chip agencies in New York and Paris and walked for Miu Miu in March for the fall 2018 collection, but many of the roommates with whom she shared flats in unfamiliar cities were discarded or burned themselves out—“broken from the inside,” as she puts it. – Maya Singer, Vogue Magazine
Singer added ‘No more: It’s not right for us, it’s not right for our readers, and it’s not right for the young models competing to appear in these pages. While we can’t rewrite the past, we can commit to a better future.’
From there, Vogue’s commitment to encouraging a healthier environment for young models was outlined.
According to The Metro:
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is on board, so Vogue’s choice may push the rest of the fashion industry into action.
‘Young models are still developing,’ said CFDA president Steven Kolb. ‘There can be a lack of the confidence, strength, experience, and maturity it takes to deal with the pressures of this work.
‘The CFDA supports the recommendation of raising the minimum age – we want young models to have the time to come into their own so they feel safe and in charge in the workplace.’