On June 9th, 2013, Senators Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino joined the Model Alliance at a press conference at Lincoln Center to announce legislation that would afford child models the same protections as other child performers in New York.
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New York State Senators Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino joined the Model Alliance to announce their proposed legislation that would afford child models the same protections as other child performers in New York.
Alison Nix, Former child model
"I am here today to speak on behalf of the young girls who might be 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 proposed legislation would have protected me as a young model."
Alise Shoemaker, Former child model
"Fear of losing a job, coupled with a lack of guidance, greatly increases the possibility of being exposed to exploitative situations this industry. I believe that this legislation is needed both because we need the basic educational requirements, and because the presence of a chaperone at jobs and castings will greatly decrease the potential for compromising situations involving underage models."
Doreen Small, Advisory Board Member of the Model Alliance
“So many of the issues affecting models tend to be unfairly trivialized and dismissed, yet because of the aspirational nature of the profession, with so many children, tweens, and teens dreaming of becoming the next Sara or the next Coco, it and looking up these young professionals as role models, it is doubly important to address these problems…”
Sara Ziff, Executive Director of the Model Alliance
“Our top priority at the Model Alliance is to protect child models. Just as I did, many fashion models begin their careers in their early teens, and they do not receive adequate protection under existing law.”
Paula Viola, Attorney and Former Child Model
"Today, many models face tremendous pressure to drop out of school from their agents, from clients, and from others in the modeling industry who don’t have their best interests in mind.”
Senator Jeffrey Klein, Co-Leader of the New York State Senate
“New York may set the trends when it comes to fashion, but unfortunately we’ve been far behind when it comes to setting the trend on how we protect young models each and every day.”
Coco Rocha, Advisory Board Member of the Model Alliance
“When it comes to protecting our children, the moral argument should override any perceived inconvenience of rules, recordkeeping or expense.”
Lily Goodman, Model, 13 years old
“Although modeling is very important, a child should never have to chose between modeling and education.”