01 November 2012

Fashion Models & Unions?

Yesterday, The Guardian ran this story on the exploitation - there really is no other term for it - of young fashion models. The story revolves around Kate Moss and a particular shoot - some of which I've lifted above - from 1990 when she was sixteen years old. The photographer was Corinne Day, now deceased. It seems that this story underscores the need for unions or their equivalent - like the Model Alliance (U.S.) and Equity's Models' Committee (U.K.), both mentioned in The Guardian piece - to watch out for the interests of models. Note that in the Vanity Fair interview that instigated the discussion, Moss herself never suggests the possibility. She looks back, suggests she knew she was being exploited, but offers no remedy beyond the kindness of friends.

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