On Saturday, March 17, we convened a lunch and listening session with agency-represented models in LA. As we work to foster a culture of accountability in the industry, we believe it is essential that the people whose rights are in question are at the center of developing and enforcing solutions.
Models learned more about our work at the Model Alliance, including the Talent Protections Act of 2018, a bill in California that aims to address sexual harassment and eating disorders in the modeling and entertainment industries.
Models also shared their experiences and ideas for how they think the industry could be improved. During break out sessions, we identified common areas of concern, which ranged from pervasive pressures to lose weight and even undergo plastic surgery to sexual harassment on the job, lack of financial transparency, and difficulty getting paid monies owed.
Our Advisory Board members Madisyn Ritland, Madaline Hill, and Miranda Frum reported back to the larger group on the concerns models' raised and their ideas for fostering a culture of accountability, transparency and trust.
Thanks to everyone who joined our solutions-oriented discussion in LA! We at the Model Alliance believe that everyone in our industry deserves to be treated with dignity and respect on the job -- and we are working to bring meaningful and lasting changes to the fashion industry. Stay tuned!