Announcing a New Model for Fashion

In 2012, we established the Model Alliance to give models a voice in their work. I’m proud to announce that today, five years later, we’ve restructured the Model Alliance as a new entity with a broader mission. Through strategic research, policy initiatives and campaigns, we aim to promote fair treatment, equal opportunity, and more sustainable practices in the fashion industry, from the runway to the factory floor.

Our community occupies a powerful platform to campaign for transformative change. Models are some of the most visible workers in the world, and the multi-national companies we represent have a disproportional impact on public health, our environment, and working people’s lives.

To effect change, we all need to have a voice in our work. That voice can take many forms, from industry surveys to committees and campaigns. From creating protections for models from workplace sexual harassment and pressures to engage in starvation dieting, to calling for transparency and accountability across global supply chains, we need to inject a labor consciousness into fashion. The Model Alliance aims to lead this effort.

As a dynamic group of models, presidents of agencies, casting directors, designers, academics, and a former child garment worker-turned-labor leader in Bangladesh, we aim to foster a mutually supportive ecosystem of industry leaders who will harness their distinct strengths to help our industry become more socially responsible, both at home and abroad. You can learn more about our distinguished team and their leadership in their respective fields here.  I look forward to introducing them to you soon. 

For Labor Day, model-turned-activists Madeline Hill and Miranda Frum and Harvard School of Public Health Professor Dr. Bryn Austin spoke with me for the featured conversation, “Why Eating Disorders in the Fashion Industry are a Labor Issue.” I also spoke with Jonathan Michael Square, a Professor of History at Harvard, for the piece, Despite Historical Links to Slavery, Fashion Can be a Modern Tool for Challenging Inequality.” I hope you find these pieces both enlightening and inspiring.
I look forward to sharing updates about our work, which is already underway. Meanwhile, I welcome your ideas and involvement as we join forces to create a more just fashion system and world.

Thanks for your support,

Sara Ziff,
Founding Director
Model Alliance 

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