Children working in entertainment are uniquely vulnerable and need protection. That’s why child actors, dancers, and singers are all protected by Department of Labor regulations. But fashion models–and only fashion models–are excluded from these protections. We’re asking you to sign this petition that child models be included in the same regulations that protect all other child performers in New York.

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Click here to view the current laws.

Proposed regulations are available for viewing here.

Reactions from Industry Insiders
Under New York Arts and Cultural Affairs law, models under 18 have modest protections regarding working hours and rest breaks, but these regulations are often violated. The Department of Education, not the Department of Labor, regulates child models and lack of enforcement has been a longstanding problem.

While child models who engage in “television broadcast or performance” are included in the definition of “child performer,” those who do runway, editorial and advertising work have been conspicuously left out.

Check out the models' reactions on this issue here.
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