- Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber's 10-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber, is the first-ever face of Young Versace, Versace's brand-new kids' fashion line. Crawford was a muse of the late Gianni Versace in the '90s, and Donatella says that having Cindy on-set "took me back to all those amazing Avedon photo shoots we worked on together." As an agent put it in an interview with Good Morning America, "Genetically, here you have a girl who's really beautiful, and why not seize that opportunity?" [Fashionista, Jezebel]
- Speaking of the fashion industry and age, Tavi Gevinson talked to the BBC about what it's like to be running her own site, Rookie, which launched last September. She says that she thinks there are two reasons why she attracted so much attention when, at age 13, she first attended fashion week:
"One was that I was a blogger. The word itself 'blog' is kind of ugly, it just doesn't sound very legitimate. And fashion, as an industry, has been really behind on being online and so I think people were confused and angry that someone younger than them had kind of figured it out. You know, they would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week, but this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth."
It is true that few of the people who raised concerns about the young Gevinson's days of missed school seem to have any qualms about the educational progress of high-school-age models, many of whom regularly miss school for their jobs. Top model Lisa Cant wrote about the difficulties (and rewards) of trying to blend the rigidity of an academic schedule with the last-minute, always-on-call nature of a modeling career for our Forum. BBC]
Jenna Sauers is the Editor of the Model Alliance’s Daily Feed, which keeps models informed of labor issues in the fashion industry. Jenna is a former model who now works primarily as a journalist covering the fashion industry. She blogs for Jezebel, and has written for publications including the New York Times, the New York Observer, and Jalouse. Jenna is a 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa, with a B.A. in French and English literature.
Facebook Feed29 5 View on FacebookThe Model AllianceTuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 11:40amCan models succeed without social media? Vogue takes a look at those who have found fame sans a digital presence: http://www.vogue.com/13372658/do-models-need-social-media-for-success/33 5 View on FacebookThe Model AllianceFriday, November 20th, 2015 at 9:48am"One of my most heartbreaking experiences occurred recently, when an agent outright told me that the only reason they couldn't sign me is because I'm Indian. The agency already represented two Indian girls, and a third one would just be "too much." He also told me that if I had blonde hair and blue eyes, he would have been able to sign me and add me to the list of 50 or so blonde-haired, blue-eyed models they already have."
Indian-American model Sabrina Behl speaks out to Allure about being discriminated against for her nationality, and what she's doing to combat it: http://bit.ly/1MWQQ0y14 View on Facebook10 View on Facebook20 5 View on FacebookThe Model AllianceFriday, November 13th, 2015 at 9:50am"[The modeling industry] has a long way to go, especially with regards to shade," Victoria's Secret model Leomie Anderson tells the BBC. "Lighter skinned girls get more work than darker skinned girls." Of the 44 models who walked in the Victoria's Secret show this year, only 8 were black. Via BBC News http://bbc.in/1ljHwcH