My name is Alison Nix and I’ve worked as a fashion model for 10 years. As an active and proud member of the Model Alliance, I am writing to explain why the Model Alliance’s child model legislation is absolutely critical to the protection of young models.
First, I want to say that I’m grateful that my modeling career has been a long and successful one. Modeling has provided me with so many incredible opportunities, like traveling to 20 different countries, learning another language, and working with inspiring designers and artists.
That said, like many models, I started my modeling career when I was just 14 years old. I was lucky that members of my family accompanied me as much as possible, but when my career started to pick up, they weren't always able to take the time off of work to travel with me.
When I was 15 years old, an agent told me that I was booked for a job with a “very important” photographer. The photo shoot was held at the photographer's apartment and he and I were there alone. He pressured me to wear transparent lingerie and pose on his bed. Reluctantly, I complied. When my semi-nude pictures were published online, my mom demanded they be taken down, but the damage was already done. Situations like this are extremely common in the modeling industry, and this story is just one of many that I’ve not only heard, but also experienced.
I’m reaching out to you to speak on behalf of the girls who might be too intimidated or ashamed to speak for themselves. I understand how difficult it is to stand up to powerful people when you’re just trying to make it.
There is no doubt in my mind that the child model legislation, if enacted when I was modeling as a minor, would have protected me.
Please call Governor Cuomo’s office today at (518) 474-8390 to urge him to sign bill number A.7787/S.5486 into state law.
If you have a Twitter account, please send a tweet to Governor Cuomo:
Dear @NYGovCuomo, please sign NY A.7787/S.5486 to give child models the same protection as other child performers! #childmodels
Thanks so much,