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British Vogue and Equity have co-signed a 10 point code of conduct for models. It’s a welcome move, says model Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, which offers support to those working in the fashion industry
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman watches a model during the Mulberry autumn/winter 2012 show. Photograph: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
In 2009, Equity opened its doors to models working in Britain’s fashion industry and offered them union representation. Four years later, Equity and British Vogue have reached a landmark agreement by signing a 10-point code of conduct governing the treatment of models on photo shoots.
The agreement is the first of its kind among fashion magazines – one that other models and I hope will establish industry-wide standards that revolutionise the way models are treated while they work.
As a model who has worked internationally for numerous brands and magazines, including British Vogue, I have experienced the pitfalls of working in an unregulated business. As someone who, on occasion, has worked 20-hour days and been admonished for so much as asking to use the toilet, the Equity and Vogue code represents a welcome change. For example, Equity’s code stipulates a 10-hour maximum workday, where models cannot be expected to work for more than five hours without a break. Equity’s code also stipulates that models be allowed time during the day to eat. Provisions such as these seem so basic they hardly require stating, but unfortunately they do.
To many, fashion seems fun and frivolous, and so it follows that modelling is seen more as a privilege than a job. This is wrong. The industry’s glossy veneer camouflages the sometimes harsh realities of working as a model, such as lack of financial transparency and no policy of informed consent for jobs involving nudity. The Vogue code stipulates a policy of informed consent for jobs involving full or partial nudity. Most models begin working before they are 16 years old, and “surprise” nude shoots are routine. In an industry that relies on a labour force of minors who know they are highly replaceable and who are often too timid to say no to such demands, this important protection is long overdue.
Fundamentally, the code insists on basic conditions of employment that most other workers take for granted – in particular, that they be paid within a reasonable time frame for their work, be reimbursed for travel to and from jobs on location, and receive workplace insurance. These protections may sound like common sense, but in the modelling industry, unfortunately, they are more the exception than the rule.
That is why last year I established the Model Alliance, a non-profit labour group for models working in the US.
In New York, for example, child models are excluded from most of the protections afforded to other child performers including actors, dancers, and singers, leaving them vulnerable to exactly the kind of exploitation that Equity’s agreement explicitly prohibits.
More generally, in the US models are treated as independent contractors, rendering them unable to unionise, and ineligible for protection against minimum wage violations or sexual harassment.
The Model Alliance is working to address these problems. Recently, we launched a petition that seeks to afford child models the same protections as other child performers, and after discussions with us, both American and international editions of Vogue pledged not to knowingly hire models under 16, or who appeared to have an eating disorder. Should Vogue, both the British and American titles, stick to their respective agreements, then the ripple effects will be felt across the industry.
But more is needed. Kudos to British Vogue’s editor Alexandra Shulman for recognising that models deserve workplace protection like all other workers, including collective representation. I hope that her colleagues on this side of the Atlantic will follow her lead. The Model Alliance, like Equity, is ready to help.
Article via The Guardian
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