The Model Alliance is proud to align with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to ensure a safe and respectful work environment at New York Fashion Week. Given that models have raised concerns about invasive photography and lack of privacy while changing clothes backstage, we decided to take additional steps this season to create areas where models can change in privacy. We are grateful to IMG Fashion and Pier 59 Studios for working with us to accommodate this request at their venues.

What is sexual harassment?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined sexual harassment in its guidelines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

We encourage any model who feels they have been the subject of unwanted sexual attention on the job to contact our discreet grievance reporting service, Model Alliance Support, at


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